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Caddo announces no cost meals at 51 schools

Beginning Aug. 15, Caddo
Parish Public Schools will launch a pilot to provide breakfast and lunch at no
cost to the families of more than 30,000 students in 51 of the district’s

All elementary,
middle, K-8 and 7-12 schools in the district will provide nutritious meals to
every child in pilot schools, regardless of household income level. Families at
selected schools will no longer have to worry with forms nor ensuring a
student’s lunch account is replenished. Instead, every child will be served two
meals each day, which adhere to current U.S. Department of Agriculture
guidelines for well-balanced meals.

A presentation will
be made Tuesday before the Caddo Parish School Board at its work session to
discuss the benefits of moving to CEP. The effort is made possible through
federal implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that allows schools
and districts in low-income areas to provide meals to all students at no cost.

“We know all too
well the essential role healthy meals play in student learning,” said Dr. Lamar
Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools. “The benefits of moving to this pilot
open the door for our district to provide nutritious meals to all students in
our pilot schools without a perceived stigma which can oftentimes be associated
with a free or reduced lunch process. For our families, it eases their school
days by removing the burden of filling out applications or keeping up with how
much money may be in a student lunch account at any given time. For our
students, it provides the critical fuel each child needs to succeed in the
classroom and more time to eat their meals. We see this as a pivotal
opportunity to improve the lives of thousands of children across our great

For families with
existing funds in student accounts, those dollars can continue to be used for
extra items including desserts or other items. Parents or guardians may also
wish to receive those funds back and may contact their child’s school to begin
that process.

Caddo’s announcement
marks the single largest implementation of providing meals at no cost to all
students within participating school in the region. Neighboring districts
including Bossier Parish and DeSoto Parish also will begin offering free meals
to all students this fall. For more information regarding CEP, visit www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision