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341 Virginia schools in no cost breakfast and lunch program

Staff Writer |
341 Virginia schools across 47 public school divisions have enrolled in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2017-18 school year.

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CEP is a federal program that allows schools with high poverty rates to provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost.

In the 2014-2015 school year, the first year Virginia schools were eligible for CEP, 86 schools across 11 divisions participated. Since that time, the program has experienced a 297% increase.

“The successful expansion of the Community Eligibility Provision and other federal nutrition programs prove that Virginia schools are seeing the connection between school meals and student success,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Staples.

“When schools adopt CEP, they are able to ease administrative burdens and focus instead on the work of teaching and feeding their students.”

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