JC Schools To Provide Free Meals

Director of Schools Kristy Brown has announced that for the upcoming school year, all Jackson County students will continue to receive their breakfast and lunch meal at no charge. This is possible through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010. CEP is a universal meal plan within the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs that permits eligible school districts to provide meal service at no charge, regardless of economic status.

CEP benefits students, families and the school. Schools see students that are better nourished and ready to learn. Research shows that when students eat breakfast, their behavior and achievement improves. Families can count on their student receiving two healthy meals during the school day. Meals served at Jackson County Schools follow the USDA nutrition standards required by the HHFKA of 2010. These nutrition standards include more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and limits on sodium, saturated fat and calories. Each school’s menu can be found on the district website, www.jacksoncoschools.com.

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