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Richmond Schools Offering Free Meals to District Students

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The CEP program will offer free breakfast and lunch to all students in Richmond Public Schools. (Photo: Associated Press) The CEP program will offer free breakfast and lunch to all students in Richmond Public Schools. (Photo: Associated Press)
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -

Richmond Public Schools announced this month that all RPS students will be offered an opportunity to select a breakfast and lunch meal every day, free of charge.

Through the Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP, school systems that predominately serve low-income students may offer free meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.

According to RPS, there will be no need to turn in an application or pay a fee to take part in the program.

The meals offered will be right in line with the United States Department of Agriculture's guidelines for low saturated fat, high fiber, and reduced sodium diet. There will also be a meatless entrée will also be available upon request.

“All students will have the option of selecting one healthy breakfast and one healthy lunch per day, and must select at least three items, with one selection being a ½ cup of fruit or vegetable,” the department said in a news release.

RPS did say that there will be a charge for students who want a la carte items, additional meals, or other snack items.

The schools lunch menus are available on Richmond Public Schools' website.

Students will have to use their school-issued personal identification number (PIN) in order for school nutrition personnel to account for all meals served. That number also tracks a student's allergies and special dietary information.

Those allergy forms are also available on the school system's website.

“The intent of the CEP is to improve access to healthy meals in eligible school districts and to eliminate the administrative burden of collecting paper applications,” said the department.

For more information on the RPS School Nutrition Services department, call 804-780-8221.

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