All Selah Students to Receive Free Meals Next School Year
Prioritizing student nutritional needs, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, all Selah School District students will receive daily meals at no cost. This is because the District will transition from the National School Lunch Program and participate in the federally-based system, Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
This opportunity is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. As part of this involvement, all Selah schools will operate using the CEP structure based on eligibility criteria for the next four school years.
This benefits families because, in a CEP school, all students enrolled will receive daily breakfast and lunch meals at no cost, regardless of household income. Further, no free and reduced applications will be collected to determine eligibility for school meal programs as the CEP Program is inclusive of every student.
Even though all Selah students will be eligible to eat without cost, as part of the program, the District is still required to collect Family Income Surveys. This information is needed because survey data provided is important in order to continue receiving various sources of funding. Some of the District's programs are funded by state and federal dollars that require schools to collect specific household information from families with students attending CEP schools. Also, the Family Income Survey along with the parent consent form will be used to determine eligibility for the waiver of eligible extracurricular fees under HB 1660. Collecting this information benefits families as some households may be eligible to waive certain extra-curricular fees.