Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
The Clarke County School District will continue to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2022-2023 school year.
We are excited to continue providing all Clarke County students breakfast and lunch at no cost. All students, regardless of household income, will have access to free meals while at school or while enrolled in programs sponsored by the school district. It is our hope that by continuing to participate in CEP we not only provide all students with access to nutritious meals, but we also eliminate the financial burden of paying for school meals for the families in our community.
Our program has been operating under this provision since August 2015, and we have witnessed how offering free breakfast and lunch meals to the entire student body can transform a school's culture by allowing students to enjoy school meals without feeling stigmatized. Across the district, our meal participation rates have increased, which means that more children are getting the nutrition they need to learn throughout the day, and federal funding increases. Under CEP, administrative and family burdens are reduced since school meal applications are no longer collected, and by offering meals for free to all students, this means that schools do not need to collect unpaid fees or cover the cost of meals when families struggle to pay their share of the cost.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the district's choice to operate under the Community Eligibility Provision, please contact the School Nutrition Office at 706.354.1138.
USDA Nondiscrimination StatementIn accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/
sites/default/files/documents/ USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form- 0508-0002-508-11-28- 17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:1. mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
Notice for Language and Disability Assistance for the School Nutrition Program
If you have difficulty communicating with us or understanding this information because you do not speak English or have a disability, please let us know. Contact: Dr. Anna Morgan, ADA Coordinator, at 706.546.7721. Free language assistance or other aids and services are available upon request.