A new provision makes free lunch available to schools with a high percentage of low-income families.

A new policy is being introduced to certain Texas schools this year.  The Community Eligibility Provision will give free lunch to all students of an institution with a significant percentage of low-income families.  The policy will save schools the troubles of having to look through applications and forcing families to pay bills they can’t afford.  For parents, the provision means they will no longer have to worry about their children going hungry at school.

Feeding students during the school year is only part of a bigger picture, however.  There has been a large focus in Texas on feeding kids during the summer time as well.  According to the Food Research and Action Center, participation in summer meal programs in Texas grew 8% from 2012 to 2013.  With the aid of free meals, students will no longer stress on their hunger, and can instead place their focus on academics.

Schools interested in the Community Eligibility Provision must apply by August 31 to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), who will be funding the costs. According to Rachel Cooper, senior policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, there are an estimated 1,000 Texas schools that would qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision.

 

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