All but three Gloucester County schools now qualify to offer free meals for all of their students for the coming school year.
School board members were informed about this development during Tuesday night’s meeting in the T.C. Walker Education Center Auditorium as they reviewed operational items, specifically updates pertaining to food service, capital improvement projects, and code of conduct.
Director of Food Services Steve Patton reported on schools that qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision. Schools that have an Identified Student Percentage of 40 percent of students who are on free or reduced lunch can offer lunches to all students at no charge. Page Middle and Petsworth Elementary schools both qualify for CEP on their own. According to Patton, the state has recently made the decision that schools can be grouped together to qualify for CEP, which means that all students at Achilles, Abingdon and Bethel elementaries now also qualify for free meals.At Peasley Middle...
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