National free meals for all… now for some

Warren districts qualify for free separate food program, keeping free food for ALL

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Throughout the pandemic, the nation’s child nutrition wavers have kept school kids bellies filled for free.

Heading into the 2022-2023 school year, only some kids will qualify for Congress’ free school meals. Warren County school districts said they want free food for all, though.

Warren County Public Schools qualified for the Community Eligibility Provision (C.E.P.) program which allows all WCPS students to enjoy a free breakfast and free lunch each school day this upcoming school year.

The Federal C.E.P program allows school districts in high poverty areas to serve free meals for all students without individual applications to apply for free lunch.

WCPS Director of Nutrition and Dining Services Kelly Holt said, “We want every child to come in every day and have the ability to have breakfast and have a lunch and be full and be ready to learn whenever they come into the classroom, that way every student that comes in is on the same nutritional level when they walk into our buildings every day.”

Bowling Green Independent School District qualified for the C.E.P. years ago, and they’ll continue to utilize the free breakfast and lunch for all.