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KPS Expands Free Breakfast, Lunch

Community Eligibility Provision Will Provide Meals at Almost All Schools

Kalamazoo Public School is expanding its participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, which will allow the district to provide free breakfast and lunch for almost every student in the district.

CEP will provide a free breakfast and lunch for almost all of the students in the district — except for students at Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix high schools, who are covered under the traditional free and reduced-price lunch guidelines.

“CEP is a way we can use federal funds to feed more children,” said Interim Superintendent Gary Start. “It’s always important for our children to have the best nutrition possible to enable them to be prepared to learn.”

All students enrolled in the schools listed below will receive meals through the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) at no charge. New to the program this year are: Indian Prairie, King-Westwood, Parkwood-Upjohn, Winchell, Hillside, Linden Grove, and Maple Street.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications are no longer required to determine eligibility for CEP meals, but forms should be filled out and returned to schools as soon as possible, said Christina Haller, regional district manager for Chartwells School Dining Services, which provides food service for KPS.

The Household Information Report is used help determine the need for state and federal supplemental programs, such as Title I and Title II services. These supplemental programs offer supports and services for students, such as technology, counseling, parent engagement activities, technology and school supplies.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to all students who attend the following schools:




El Sol


Indian Prairie



Milwood Elementary




Prairie Ridge

Spring Valley


Woods Lake


Middle School



Linden Grove

Maple Street

Milwood Middle

High School




Adult Education

The schools in CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students eligible for free meals based on participation in other programs, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The program is available to districts and schools where a minimum 40 percent of students qualify for and receive free or reduced-price lunches. There is no cost to participating districts. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. CEP is part of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix Free and Reduced-Price Lunch

Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix high school students are provided free and reduced-price meals and free milk through the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, and Child and Adult Care Food Programs. Participants must complete a Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application.

The Michigan Department of Education has announced the 2019-20 household income eligibility guidelines for that program. The income guidelines are based on family size and income, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Households with incomes less than or equal to the guidelines pictured in the photo gallery qualify for free or reduced-price meals or free milk.

Families should contact their school, school district, child care center, or family day care home sponsor to find out whether it participates in these U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded programs, which MDE administers in Michigan.

Schools, child care centers, adult day care centers, and family day care home sponsors provide a Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application for free or reduced-price meals. Only one application is required per household. Most participating centers and all participating family child care homes provide meals to all enrolled participants without any separate charge.

Automatically qualifying for free meals are adults, children, or foster children who participate in Michigan’s Family Independence, Food Assistance, or Food Distribution program on Indian Reservations, or who are enrolled in Head Start, an at-risk afterschool center, or an emergency shelter.

An application to a school, child care center, adult day care center, or family day care home sponsor can be approved if it contains complete documentation of household income or documentation of current participation in Michigan’s Family Independence Program, Food Assistance Program, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. Information supplied on an application for free or reduced-price meals may be verified at any time. An appeal procedure is available for households where applications are denied.

Participating schools, child care centers, adult day care centers, and family day care home sponsors accept applications for free or reduced-price meals at any time during the year. A household may qualify for free or reduced-price meals due to a temporary loss of income, such as a period of unemployment. If a doctor has determined that a child or adult has a disability, and the disability would prevent the participant from eating the regular school or center meal, the school or center will make any substitution prescribed by a doctor at no charge. The doctor’s statement, including prescribed diet and/or substitution, must be submitted to the food service department of the school, child care facility, or adult care facility.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, contact the KPS Food Service Department at (269) 337-0120.

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