The Pine Bluff School District will offer meals free for all students during the 2019-2020 school year because the district is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).


The CEP allows the district to provide meals, regardless of eligibility, free for all students participating in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, according to a news release.


“The CEP is made possible through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Special Assistance Certification and Reimbursement Community Eligibility Provision. Federal reimbursement for meals is based on the identified Student Percentage (ISP) established by the District in April 2019,” according to the release. “The information used to establish the ISP will be made available only to State and Federal officials for review.”


All adults in the district must pay the full cost of the meals which will be $2 for breakfast and $3.75 for lunch.


In accordance with federal civil rights law and USDA civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA and institutions participating in its programs won’t discriminate.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, at any USDA office or request a copy of the form by calling 866-632-9992.