The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) State Agency for Child Nutrition Programs has announced that school meals will continue to be provided at no cost to all 41 GDOE schools through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
According to GDOE public information officer Isa Baza, the CEP was first piloted in 21 of the 41 GDOE public schools in School Year (SY) 2014-2015. This coming school year will mark the second year that all 41 GDOE public schools, or 100 percent of campuses, will be participating in the CEP.
The CEP is an option available to students participating in the United States Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. All enrolled students in schools implementing the CEP are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at no cost throughout the 2019-2020 school year.
GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said parents can be assured that their children will be provided with a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day of the academic year.
“Although expanding the CEP to 100% of schools does result in slightly higher costs for the department, we feel that this is a worthwhile investment that will ensure that more students have eaten a proper meal before the start of classes,” Fernandez said.
“The number of students taking advantage of the school breakfast and lunch options has increased significantly over the past year, which shows us that there is a demand to continue this for our students so that they are better able to focus on their studies,” he added.
School menu information for SY 2019-2020 is available on the GDOE website “Back to School” page.