Guam DOE: 21 Schools to Participate in Pilot “NO COST” School Meal Program

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Guam – The Guam Department of Education (“GDOE”) State Agency for Child Nutrition Programs has announced school meals at NO COST to students through the Community Eligibility Provision (“CEP”).  
                                                                                   
GDOE Superintendent, Jon Fernandez said that the CEP will be piloted in 21 of the 41 GDOE public schools throughout the island for School Year 2014-2015.
                                                                                   
“We are piloting this program during the coming school year to validate how it influences participation with school meals,” said Fernandez. “We will also be collecting student performance data to determine the effects eating breakfast and lunch has on our students.” 
                                                                                   
The CEP is a new 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 piloted program are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO COST to students each day of the 2014-2015 school year.
                                                                                   
Additionally, enrolled students in the piloted program will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or having family households submit a meal application to the participating school.
                                                                                   
Schools participating in the CEP pilot are as follows:

“We want to provide our students with the support they need to be successful,” said Fernandez. “The data that we collect during this pilot year will help determine what direction we take with school meals in all of our schools.” If families have any additional questions or concerns, please call the Guam State Agency for Child Nutrition Programs at 300-2460.