Conexión Del Rio/ Staff report

DEL RIO – We are pleased to inform our Del Rio community that the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District will be implementing a new lunch program which provides all elementary and middle school students daily breakfast and lunch at no cost to them. This program, called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), will begin this coming school year. We encourage all students to arrive early to school and enjoy the cost-free breakfasts which will be served in the school’s cafeteria each morning.

In CEP schools, meal applications are no longer required; however a CEP Income Survey will need to be completed and promptly returned to the school’s office at the start of the school year. This year, the CEP Income Survey will be given to parents during their child’s Back-To-School Orientation session. Del Rio Freshman and Del Rio High School campuses will remain on the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) with universal free breakfast and an application process to determine whether a student is eligible for paid or reduced lunch status (current process).

Benefits of the CEP Program:

 CEP helps schools increase lunch and breakfast participation by guaranteeing access to

free meals for all students. The more students participating, the more funding the

school meal program receives.

 CEP eliminates concerns about negative lunch account balances, and gives cafeteria

staff more time to focus on planning and preparing meals.

 CEP eliminates the payment process which can help speed up the lunch line, allowing

students more time to eat their meal, including fruits and vegetables.

The SFDRCISD is able to provide cost-free breakfast and lunch to all Pre-K thru 8th grade students because of its eligibility to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

Program. CEP Program eligibility can be determined for an entire district, a group of schools within the district, or a single school within the district. In the case of SFDRCISD, all elementary and middle schools serving Pre-K thru 8th grade students had more than 40% of identified students qualify for specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), thus allowing these campuses to qualify as CEP schools. 

For more information regarding the CEP Program or the CEP Income Survey, please contact the Child Nutrition Program at 830-778-4187 or 830-778-4178.