Rome schools join program to offer free meals to all students

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The Rome school district has been approved for and will implement a Community Eligibility Provision program for meals for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year, according to an announcement by district Superintendent Peter C. Blake.

The approval means that all students enrolled in school have access to free breakfast and lunch each day during the 2020-2021 school year, said Blake’s online blog.

For more information, including links to the forms that help the school district maximize reimbursement from the federal government, parents and guardians are asked to visit https://www.romecsd.org/news_page/community_eligibility_provision online.

The Community Eligibility Provision is a federal program that allows schools located in lower-income areas to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The provision eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meal programs, the USDA says.

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