Community Eligibility Provision
We are pleased to inform you that our schools will be implementing a new provision available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is it really for all students regardless of income level?
Yes. All students, regardless of income level, can receive one free breakfast and one free lunch each day. Additional a la carte items can be purchased by the students.
Do I need to fill out a free and reduced meal application?
No. The free and reduced meal applications are replaced with the household income form to determine additional state and federal programs that your child(ren) may qualify for. These forms are vitally important to continue the district's eligibility under the CEP moving forward and everyone is encouraged to complete them.
Can I buy additional meals/items?
Yes. The first breakfast and first lunch are free each day for all students. Any additional items purchased a la carte would need to be paid for by the student, no meals or a la carte items may be charged.
How do I pay for additional meals/items?
Parents/guardians may prepay any amount, any time, by sending a check or money order (made payable to the Longwood Lunch Fund) or cash with your child to be given to the cashier or by making payments online using the link to MySchoolBucks (www.myschoolbucks.com)
For more information about CEP, please visit USDA.gov/school-meals/communityeligibility-provision
We are asking all families to complete a "CEP Household Income Form." The forms can be completed by clicking on the My School Apps button. If you need a paper form please contact the Child Nutrition Office at 631-345-2805. Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.
Factors considered on the Income form process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.
Welcome to Child Nutrition Services!
The District is pleased to announce that for the school year 2021-22 we have again been approved by the USDA for the CEP program which will enable all students to receive a Free Breakfast and Lunch daily.
Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
3. email: [email protected].
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.