PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. -- A dozen Pulaski County Special School District schools will once again participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) during the 2023 - 2024 school year. The CEP program will provide meals, regardless of eligibility category, at no charge for all students at the following schools:
- Cato Elementary
- College Station Elementary
- Crystal Hill Elementary
- Daisy Bates Elementary
- Harris Elementary
- Joe T. Robinson Middle
- Landmark Elementary
- Lawson Elementary
- Mills University Studies High
- Mills Middle
- Oak Grove Elementary
- William Jefferson Clinton Elementary
CEP is made possible through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Special Assistance Certification and Reimbursement Community Eligibility Provision. Federal reimbursement for meals is based on the Identified Student Percentage (ISP) established by the District.
Meanwhile, applications for the National School Lunch Program allow students to receive free or reduced price school meals. Application forms are available online and at each PCSSD school; the forms can be turned in between July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. Only one application should be submitted for each household.
Children who are members of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) household; enrolled in Head Start/Even Start programs; certified as migrant, homeless, or runaway by the District; and foster children are categorically eligible for free meals. At full price, a student breakfast is $2.50 and student lunches are $3.50 for elementary students and $3.75 for secondary students.
PCSSD will review applications and are subject to verification at any time during the school year by school officials. Parents/guardians who are dissatisfied with the District’s determination may make an appeal to the student nutrition department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Discrimination Statement: In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.