September, all elementary school children in Providence Public Schools may eat
breakfast and lunch for free due to the district’s expansion of the Community
Eligibility Provision (CEP) federal program.
Public Schools are committed to creating educational environments that support
health and wellness,” said Robert Gondola Jr., secretary for the Providence
School Board and chairman of the board’s Health and Wellness Committee. “The
decision to make all elementary school meals free to students removes the
financial stress some families may feel and ensures that students have both
breakfast and lunch readily available to them.”
2016, 13 of the district’s 22 elementary schools adopted a no-fee meal policy
as part of a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) pilot program. Through this
program, the federal government reimburses low-income school districts for
student meal costs based not on individual student eligibility but on overall
on the success of the pilot, the Providence Public Schools is now expanding the
free meal program to all its elementary schools for the 2017-18 school year.
New additions to the program include:
Anthony Carnevale Elementary
Vartan Gregorian Elementary
Robert F. Kennedy Elementary
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
Leviton Dual Language Academy
Pleasant View Elementary
Reservoir Avenue Elementary
Webster Street Elementary
George J. West Elementary
school district’s CEP eligibility and reimbursement are calculated based on
usage of such programs as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
N. Maher, superintendent of Providence Public Schools, said, “Good nutrition
impacts every facet of the lives of growing children, and research shows that
children who eat healthy lunches are more likely to achieve in school.
Providing free, nutritious lunches for our elementary school students makes
a secondary school level, free and reduced lunch eligibility is still
determined on a student-by-student basis, according to family income level.
However, in the Providence Public School District, students are not denied
lunch if they are unable to pay, regardless of their eligibility.
the 2016-17 school year, 85% percent of Providence Public School District’s
students qualified for free or reduced lunch.
Providence Public School District serves approximately 24,000 students and
their families through 22 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 10 high schools
and 2 public district charter schools. Our diverse student body identifies as
63 percent Hispanic, 17 percent Black, 10 percent White, 5 percent Asian, 4
percent Multi-racial and 1 percent Native American. Approximately 26 percent of
our students are English Language Learners. For more information, visit www.providenceschools.org.