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Child Nutrition Program
1621 5th Avenue North
Bessemer, AL 35020  


July 15, 2014

Letter to Parents concerning Community Eligibility

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to inform you that students attending the Bessemer City Board of Education School District (Abrams Elementary, Bessemer City High, Bessemer City Middle, Greenwood Elementary, Hard Elementary, Jonesboro Elementary and/or Westhills Elementary) qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Act. This is a newly expanded program that allows all students attending these schools, regardless of previous eligibility, to eat meals at no charge and DOES NOT REQUIRE PARENTS TO SUBMIT a meal application. This provision is based on the number of students that are directly certified by the Alabama State Department of Education. Students enrolled at any Bessemer City School District Schools will not be provided the standard meal application form but instead will automatically qualify for meals at no cost.

What is the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)? It is a special provision that provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to schools in low income areas that meet the qualifications as specified in the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act to allow ALL STUDENTS to eat breakfast and lunch without having to pay a fee and without having to submit applications for free or reduced price meals. The CEP allows schools that predominately serve low-income children to offer, nutritious meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs without charging for the meals.

The CEP uses information from other programs, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) instead of the traditional paper applications.

This provision is being implemented for the 2014-2015 school year only. The National School Lunch program must be reauthorize by congress every five years and will be up for reauthorization in 2015. Hopefully, they will retain this provision in the new bill that will be coming up for a vote in congress next year.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact Shawn Shaw, Director, Bessemer City Board of Education Child Nutrition Program


Dr. Fred D. Primm





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