Many Hernando County families will have one less expense to worry about this coming school year. The Director of Food and Nutrition Services for the Hernando County School District has confirmed that the majority of our local elementary and middle schools now qualify for all students to receive free meals thanks to The United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision. Chocochatti Elementary, Challenger K-8, and all high schools will remain paying schools. All students attending all other public schools in the county will receive free lunch and breakfast daily.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. A key provision of The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA, Public Law 111-296; December 13, 2010), CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without the burden of collecting household applications.