Students at two schools in Macon County will eat for free next year, thanks to a federally funded program. The CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) for the National School Lunch Program provides an alternative to household applications for free and reduced price meals for economically disadvantaged students in local educational agencies and schools. Essentially, this provision allows students in a qualifying school to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.
According to Kim Terrell, school nutrition director, both Union Academy and East Franklin Elementary qualify for the program, and after receiving unanimous board approval last week, will start the program next year.
“I am very excited that our precious students will be given the opportunity to eat both breakfast and lunch at no cost,” said Becky Montgomery, lead teacher at East Franklin. “This is a real blessing for East Franklin School.”