Two Local Catholic Schools Qualify for Free Lunch Program

The Guardian Catholic Schools, St. Pius and Holy Rosary in Jacksonville, have qualified as CEP schools this year. All students enrolled are able to receive a free breakfast and lunch everyday. Parents for more information about the program, click here. http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision:

According to Lauren May, principal at St. Pius Catholic School, the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meals, relying instead on information from other means-tested programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

In addition, St. Pius, Holy Rosary and a number of other Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Augustine are now accepting the AAA scholarship. For more information about the scholarship or to learn more about Catholic schools in North Florida, visit www.aaascholarships.org/schools/florida or www.dosafl.com/schools.