The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows for Spring Branch ISD schools with high percentages of qualifying children the option to serve breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to all students on a specific campus.
These free meals are served under the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). Under CEP guidelines, meals are served to qualifying school children without collecting breakfast and lunch application forms. This program eliminates the need for any student at a qualifying campus to pay for a school day meal.
Under the Community Eligibility Provision, SBISD has elected to participate in CEP for a third consecutive year to provide free meals to all students at the schools listed below. This year, 17 district schools qualify. (See campus list.) The district’s Child Nutrition Services Dept. is reimbursed by the federal government under this program. CEP participating campuses in SBISD include:
|Schools for Early Learning (PreKs)||Bear Blvd., Lion Lane, Panda Path and Tiger Trail|
|Elementary Schools||The Bendwood School, Buffalo Creek, Edgewood, Hollibrook, Ridgecrest, Shadow Oaks, Spring Branch, Spring Shadows, Thornwood, Treasure Forest, Westwood, Woodview|
|Middle Schools||Landrum Middle|
- This program operates for students only – Adults at qualifying campuses will still be required to pay for meals.
- There is no longer a need to collect free and reduced price applications for students who are in the CEP program and qualifying schools. However, all CEP schools will have an “Income Survey” form to replace the free and reduced lunch applications. Families should complete these forms as the information provided is critical to ensure that all possible benefits are available to these students.
- For students who have siblings or other family members who are enrolled in non-CEP participating schools, families must complete applications for those students to receive free or reduced price benefits.