Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
The Clarke County School District will continue to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2020-2021 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 Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: email@example.com.
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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.