Lufkin ISD to provide free lunch and breakfast to all students starting in Fall 2019

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Lufkin ISD will participate in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) next school year that will allow the district to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students.

Currently, the district offers free breakfast to all and free lunch to those who qualify. Lufkin ISD administrators presented the initiative to the LISD Board of Trustees during a board work session on Tuesday.

To be considered for the CEP, districts must have an Identified Student Percentage (ISP) of at least forty percent or more in order to qualify. Lufkin ISD has 62.7 percent. ISP is based on the number of categorically eligible students o Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), Homeless, Foster and/or a State-Sponsored Pre-K program.

LISD Superintendent, Lynn Torres, said, “This will completely do away with meal charges. There will be no alternate lunches for students who forget to bring their lunch money.”

The CEP benefits according to the United States Department of Agriculture:

  • All students will receive access to free nutritious meals and will not have to wait in cashier lines, which means more time to eat.
  • Parents will not have to worry about lunch accounts or applications, which means less paperwork.
  • School staff will love the streamlined meal service operation and more time for students during lunchtime.
  • Administrators will benefit from not having to track unpaid meal charges as well as teachers paying out of pocket for students without lunch money.

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