In July 2016, the Green Bay Area Public School District Board of Education approved a program for the 2016-17 school year that provides breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students attending the following schools: Chappell, Eisenhower, Fort Howard, Howe, Jefferson, Keller, Kennedy, Lincoln, Nicolet, Sullivan, Tank, Franklin, Washington, and Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill
. This program is called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
Households are not required to complete a Free & Reduced Meals application to participate in the program; however, applications may be used to collect household income data for other programs that require this information to waive school fees and support educational funding.
Students must choose a complete breakfast and lunch to receive meals at no cost; those who choose a milk-only or any a la carte items will be charged. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture federal guidelines, a complete breakfast and lunch consists of choosing at least ½ cup of fruits or vegetables with the meal. Meals without fruits or vegetables will be charged at a la carte prices.
Please note that any balances (positive or negative) that were on a child’s meals account are still there. Contact the Food Service Department at your school or the main department line at 920-391-2565
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Frequently Asked Questions
How did my school become enrolled in CEP?
Schools were identified based on the number of students enrolled in a State benefit program as of April 1, 2016.
I have children at CEP schools and non-CEP schools. Are they all eligible to receive meals at no cost since they are from the same household?
Meals are available at no cost to students ONLY at CEP schools. Children from the same household but at different schools, including non-CEP schools, do not receive the same benefit. Just like some schools have specialty education programs, the cafeteria at each school is unique.
Do I need to complete a Free & Reduced Meals Benefit application?
Yes! Families should complete the application for educational benefits like waiving school fees and funding classroom activities in Title I and AGR.
Where can I get a Free & Reduced Meals Benefit application?
Applications are available at every school building in the kitchen or main office, from the Food Service Department, online, or through the Parent Portal.
Where do I send my application?
Please send your application to the Food Service Department through your school kitchen or through the mail to: 1210 Guns Road, Green Bay, WI 54311.
What do students at CEP schools receive for their meals?
CEP schools have the same food variety as other schools. Students are able to take one complete breakfast and one complete lunch, per day, at no cost. A complete meal includes at least 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable plus two other components. At breakfast, students have four components available and at lunch, there are five components available.
Can my child take a la carte items for no cost?
No. A la carte is considered 'bonus items' and is NOT part of a reimbursable meal, therefore it is not part of the CEP meal. A la carte is still available at schools and students should have money in their account or cash in-hand to purchase.
Can KG-5 students at CEP schools with the Morning Milk program receive milk at no cost?
No. The Morning Milk program is separate from the CEP. Students are charged for milk depending on their free, reduced, or paid eligibility status.
What happened to the money I put into my child's account?
Every child's account balance was left alone since a la carte is still available. Meals, regardless of the household's ability to pay, are not deducted from the account. Refund Forms are available at each school kitchen if you would like a refund of your money. Robo calls on Sunday evenings will continue for balances below $7 and $0.
Do CEP school students automatically have school fees waived?
No. Families should complete the Free & Reduced Meals Benefit application receive school fees waivers.
If my child transfers to a non-CEP school, are they still eligible for meals at no cost?
No. Children at CEP schools that transfer to a non-CEP qualify only at the CEP school. It is important to complete and submit the Free & Reduced Meals Benefit application if you know your child is transferring to a non-CEP school.
Reminder: Meal benefits apply only to the reimbursable meal. The reimbursable meal includes milk as one of the offered components. If the student decides to take only milk, this is not a reimbursable meal and the account will be charged for the milk as an a la carte item at $0.40.