All Canajoharie Central School District students can receive free breakfast, lunch in 2017-18

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All students enrolled in the Canajoharie Central School District, regardless of family income, can receive free breakfast and lunch during the 2017-18 school year as the district is now part of the federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

Students who wish to receive free meals simply report to their building’s cafeteria. No application is required in the first year of the CEP.

School menus are updated monthly.

The CEP does not apply to single food items such as milk or ala carte items (meals must be complete as defined by the USDA), extra food items or meals, in-classroom snack milk, nor to students who eat meals while attending alternative programs outside of the Canajoharie school district. Teachers will provide further information about in-classroom programs at the start of the school year.

“Often, we focus on activities in the classroom, but through the CEP, we will make sure that every single Canajoharie student, regardless of his or her circumstances, has access to two nutritious, well-balanced meals a day, guaranteed. Nutrition and physical wellness are important cornerstones of the success of a well-rounded student at any age,” said Canajoharie Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw.

All students will still enter their student ID numbers at the register as part of the district’s obligation to track the number of qualifying meals served. Students and families may pay for extra items, snacks, or ice cream using cash or meal accounts. Meal accounts can be accessed online for free at Parents can add funds to the account using a credit or debit card (there is a small transaction fee). MySchoolBucks also provides a transactions history of a student’s account.

“The Office of School Nutrition continues to provide the very best service. Beyond the meal programs, we will be working with the local Wellness Committees throughout the year, and will present the public with a Community Health & Wellness Fair in the spring,” said School Nutrition Director Lauri Broady.

Parents, staff or community members wishing to volunteer to serve on the district’s Wellness Committee or the Health Fair Planning Team should contact Broady at 518-993-4000, ext. 1003.

The CEP is a key piece of the 2010 federal Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. To be eligible for the program, a district must have a minimum percentage level of “identified students” receiving various levels of public assistance.

The CEP inclusion builds upon the free meals program that the district provided this summer, which was funded by a combination of New York state and federal funding.

Starting in the 2018-19 school year, in order to maintain accurate records, district guidance and food services offices will work together to directly contact families that may qualify for additional state and federal programs. A Home Income Eligibility form will be distributed district-wide at that time which may also qualify individual families, or the district as a whole, for additional programs.