Free school lunches ending, applications needed for next year
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Programs has requested the USDA Food and Nutrition service extend the current community eligibility provision or CEP.
The deadlines will be extended from April 1st to June 30th.
“Now they gave us a little bit of time for schools to qualify to take some time to get it.. because otherwise it would have been April 1st and that was the cut-off date. If they didn’t have their numbers they wouldnt have...they would have lost the program even if they really really needed it,” Carla Bankes, Nutrition Supervisor, Wyoming Department of Education.
This program provides breakfast and lunches for low-income students and schools within Wyoming.
The extension of the CEP deadlines allows schools time to collect the necessary data from participating in the food program for the following school year.
This data collection stopped during the pandemic, as schools gave everyone free food.
This is ending, and schools will have to submit their numbers to qualify for the reduced-income food programs again.
The application will be available over the summer break, so families must know when they can submit their forms.
“Please, please, please, if you need a food benefit application, please contact your school in July and Aug. prior to the start of school. Because the first day of school, as of right now, everything will go back to how it was pre-pandemic.” said Bankes.
Parents can send their requests to the school district’s nutrition services page to be eligible for the next school year’s food programs.
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