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Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
In July 2021, the Green Bay Area Public School District approved a program for the 2021-22 school year that provides breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students attending the following schools: Baird, Beaumont, Chappell, Danz, Doty, Eisenhower, Elmore, Fort Howard, Head Start Learning Center (Bellevue and Jefferson sites), Howe, Jackson, Keller, Kennedy, Lincoln, Nicolet, Sullivan, Tank, Franklin, Washington, Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill, and West High. This program is called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
Households should complete a Free & Reduced Meals application to waive school fees and support educational funding for the classroom and school.
Students must choose a complete breakfast and lunch to receive meals at no cost. Those who choose a milk-only or any a la carte items will be charged. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture federal guidelines, a complete breakfast and lunch consists of choosing at least ½ cup of fruits or vegetables with the meal. Meals without fruits or vegetables will be charged at a la carte prices.
Please note that any balances (positive or negative) that were on a child’s meals account are still there. Contact the Food Service Department at your school or the main department line at 920-391-2565 or email [email protected] with questions. 

Letter to Households

Frequently Asked Questions

How did my school become enrolled in CEP?

Schools were identified based on the number of students enrolled in a State benefit program as of April 1, 2021.

I have children at CEP schools and non-CEP schools. Are they all eligible to receive meals at no cost since they are from the same household? 

Meals are available at no cost to students ONLY at CEP schools. Children from the same household but at different schools, including non-CEP schools, do not receive the same benefit. Just like some schools have specialty education programs, the cafeteria at each school is unique.
**  For school year 2021-22, due to COVID-19, the school/district participates in the Seamless Summer Program (SSO) and approval of eligibility for free or reduced meals does not change your child’s ability to receive school meals at no charge. Meal benefit status is important as it can provide information for other program benefits such as Pandemic Food Share Benefits (P-EBT) and fee waivers.

This school year, all GBAPSD students will receive free meals under the Seamless Summer Option program (SSO). The USDA has extended the flexibility for school districts to provide free meals to students, and GBAPSD Food Service Department has elected to participate in this program. All students are eligible for meals at no charge. Families are encouraged to continue applying for the Free & Reduced Meal Benefits as usual, to certify children for free or reduced price meal eligibility status. The eligibility status, however, is not required for the free school meals through SSO but it does establish eligibility for other benefits, such as state reporting, Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), and other community programs.  **

Do I need to complete a Free & Reduced Meals Benefit application?

Yes! Families should complete the application for educational benefits like waiving school fees and funding classroom activities.

Where can I get a Free & Reduced Meals Benefit application?

Applications are available at every school building in the kitchen or main office, from the Food Service Department, online, or through the Campus Portal. 

Where do I send my application?

Please send your application to the Food Service Department through your school kitchen or through the mail to: Food Service Department, 1210 Guns Road, Green Bay, WI 54311. Do not send your application to the State or USDA.

What do students at CEP schools receive for their meals?

CEP schools have the same food variety as other schools. Students are able to take one complete breakfast and one complete lunch, per day, at no cost. A complete meal includes at least 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable plus two other components. At breakfast, students have four components available and at lunch, there are five components available. 

Can my child take a la carte items for no cost?

No. A la carte is considered 'bonus items' and is NOT part of a reimbursable meal, therefore it is not part of the CEP meal. A la carte is still available at schools and students should have money in their account or cash in-hand to purchase.

Can KG-5 students at CEP schools with the Morning Milk program receive milk at no cost?

No. The Morning Milk program is separate from the CEP. Students are charged for milk depending on their free, reduced, or paid eligibility status.

What happened to the money I put into my child's account?

Every child's account balance was left alone since a la carte is still available. Meals, regardless of the household's ability to pay, are not deducted from the account. Refund Forms are available at each school kitchen if you would like a refund of your money. Messaging will continue for balances below $7 and accounts with negative balances.

Do CEP school students automatically have school fees waived?

No. Families should complete the Free & Reduced Meals Benefit application to receive school fees waivers.

If my child transfers to a non-CEP school, are they still eligible for meals at no cost?

No. Children at CEP schools that transfer to a non-CEP qualify only at the CEP school. It is important to complete and submit the Free & Reduced Meals Benefit application if you know your child is transferring to a non-CEP school.

Reminder: Meal benefits apply only to the reimbursable meal. The reimbursable meal includes milk as one of the offered components. If the student decides to take only milk, this is not a reimbursable meal and the account will be charged for the milk as an a la carte item at $0.40.

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