Free meals for Seguin ISD PK-8 students
07/30/2020

Beginning this fall, all Seguin ISD prekindergarten through eighth grade students can receive free breakfast and lunch meals.

 

The initiative was unanimously approved by trustees during the July 28 school board meeting through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

 

Offered by the United States and Texas departments of agriculture, CEP utilizes information from assistance programs to determine the number of students that are automatically eligible to receive free meals. A multiplier is then applied to calculate the level of qualified participants at each campus.

 

When the number reaches an appropriate threshold to provide sufficient federal reimbursement, it becomes advantageous for a school district to offer free meals to students at selected campuses by grouping the campuses together and establishing a guaranteed reimbursement rate for a four-year cycle.

 

As a result, Ball Early Childhood Center, all seven elementary schools, both middle schools and the Saegert campus (MBLC and Seguin Alternative School) are covered under the CEP umbrella.

“The impact is significant, said Seguin ISD Superintendent Dr. Matthew Gutierrez. “Beginning Sept. 8, approximately 5,200 Seguin ISD students will be eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch through CEP.”

 

The program is designed to include students on campus for face-to-face learning this fall as well as those engaged in remote learning.

 

“We started to research ways to offer free meals for our students when I arrived in Seguin ISD three years ago. With the support of our board of trustees, the Seguin ISD Child Nutrition Department took the reins and worked to make this a reality for our families. The timing of this initiative could not have been better as many of our families are experiencing hardships due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

 

While Seguin High School is not included in CEP at this time, “I know that our Child Nutrition and Business departments will continue to collaborate and explore the feasibility of adding Seguin High School in the future,” he said.

 

More information about the CEP program is available at https://bit.ly/3126G6b.