Students across Virginia can receive free breakfast and lunch in 2023-24 school year

Published: Aug. 10, 2023 at 6:17 AM EDT
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ROANOKE CO., Va. (WDBJ) - Starting in the 2023 to 2024 school year, schools in Roanoke City, Lynchburg, and more are participating in The Community Eligibility Provisions or CEP.

CEP allows high-poverty schools and school divisions to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students.

This eliminates collecting household applications to determine eligibility.

According to Virginia Hunger Solutions, 511 schools in Virginia have adopted CEP, a 56% increase since the 2018-19 school year.

Schools participating in CEP are guaranteed to receive the same meal reimbursement rate for four years.

To find out if your school is participating, click here.