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By Donna Summerall
The West Point School District will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2014 â€“ 15 school year.
â€śThe CEP now makes all children in the West Point School District eligible for free lunches and breakfast,â€ť Susie Walker, Child Nutrition Director for the WPSD, said. â€śThis is a way to take stress off of parents and children as far as nutrition is concerned. All children can eat free of charge in the cafeteria, breakfast and lunch. There will not be a need for parents to fill out free lunch forms, everyone qualifies.â€ť
Walker said the provision is for four years, so it will continue through 2018. Walker said even if fewer students were enrolled in the school district than the previous year there would be no change to the provision, but more students could be added while the provision is in place.
West Point High School Principal Jermaine Taylor said he was thrilled to hear the WPSD was eligible for CEP.
â€śI think we have at least 85 percent of our students receiving free or reduced lunches right now district - wide,â€ť Taylor said. â€śFor families with both parents working who donâ€™t qualify for the free and reduced lunches, this is a huge load off their shoulders. I could not be more pleased with the entire school district participating in CEP. Children who are hungry cannot learn. We have to give these kids every opportunity for academic success and this is a huge plus for the West Point School District.â€ť
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