Fuel For Learning: Community Eligibility Program Expands to Grades 7-12
Cortland Enlarged City School District is committed to high levels of learning for all students. We strive to provide engaging and equitable learning environments for everyone. In an effort to ensure that all students are afforded an optimal learning environment, the District will provide breakfast and lunch, at no cost, to all students in Kindergarten through Twelfth grade.
The District will be extending the Community Eligibility Provision of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which is a federally-funded program, to all students K-12. Last year the program only serviced students in grades K-6. Francis Zaryski, School Lunch Manager said, “Extending the program to all students in Cortland Enlarged City School District and BOCES programs will give all students the opportunity to receive benefits, regardless of household income.”
The savings to our families are significant, as each family will save up to $750 a year for each student in the family. A la carte options will still be available for students and can be purchased using cash or My School Bucks.
Kim Vile, Business Administrator for Cortland Enlarged City School District said, “We are excited to provide breakfast and lunch to every student K-12 at no cost to the student or their family. The research shows student engagement, academic performance, and attendance increases when students’ nutritional needs are met. By providing open access to meals we are on the right path to provide the tools necessary for our students to be successful. We are proud to be able to expand this program to 7-12 grade students.”
Mike Hoose, Superintendent is pleased Cortland Enlarged City School District is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision, “compliments to our staff for working so hard to bring this to fruition for our families.”
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