To help improve healthy food access, Austin ISD will be increasing the number of campuses participating in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2019-20 school year from 43 to 82 schools. CEP is a federally funded meal program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.
"By providing complimentary breakfast and lunch to all students at eligible schools, we are ensuring that every child has the opportunity to come to class well-nourished and ready to learn," said AISD Food Services and Warehouse Operations Executive Director Anneliese Tanner. "CEP also reduces burdens for both families and school administrators by streamlining paperwork and administrative requirements."
Schools qualifying to participate in the CEP provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge.
The following schools will be participating in CEP for the 2019-20 school year:
Pre-K and Early Childhood Centers: Uphaus Early Childhood Center.
Elementary Schools: Allison, Andrews, Barrington, Blackshear, Blanton, Blazier, Boone, Brooke, Brown, Campbell, Casey, Cook, Cunningham, Dawson, Galindo, Govalle, Graham, Guerrero-Thompson, Harris, Hart, Houston, Jordan, Joslin, Kocurek, Langford, Linder, McBee, Menchaca, Metz, Norman, Oak Springs, Odom, Ortega, Overton, Padron, Palm, Pecan Springs, Perez, Pickle, Pillow, Pleasant Hill, Reilly, Rodriguez, Sanchez, Sims, St. Elmo, Sunset Valley, Travis Heights, Walnut Creek, Webb Primary, Widen, Williams, Winn, Wooldridge, Wooten and Zavala.
Middle Schools: Bedichek, Burnet, Covington, Dobie, Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy, Lively, Martin, Means Young Women's Leadership Academy, Mendez, Paredes and Webb.
High Schools: Akins, Crockett, Eastside Memorial, Garza Independence, International, LBJ, Navarro, Graduation Preparatory Academy at Navarro, Northeast, Travis and Graduation Preparatory Academy at Travis.
Other Campuses: Alternative Learning Center and Rosedale School.
While meal applications are not submitted at CEP campuses, an income verification form will be required for students who are not directly certified. Directly certified students are those who qualify for free meal benefits without using a household application through state programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. This information will be collected during online enrollment, through the AISD Parent Cloud or a paper form will be provided by schools.
Upon the start of the school year, information about eligibility benefits will be provided to families at campuses that are not participating in the CEP program. All families at these schools are encouraged to complete a meal benefits application to determine eligibility for free or reduced-price meals, and help provide resources for their school.
For more information about CEP or free or reduced-price meals, families may call Austin ISD Nutrition and Food Services at 512-414-0251.