MPS students to receive breakfast, lunch at no charge

CREATED Aug 18, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 18, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- All Milwaukee Public Schools students are now eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge for the 2014-15 school year.

Due to the districts high percentage of students who come from low-income households, the meals will be funded by a federal grant from a U.S. Department of Agriculture program.

The district is among the first school systems in Wisconsin participating in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), which means the students at the 156 MPS elementary, middle and high schools will be able to receive the meals regardless of family income.

"Having every student come to school well nourished and ready to learn is absolutely critical to students' well-being - and it's critical to our work to improve student outcomes," MPS Acting Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said in a release. "Children who are hungry can't concentrate on learning. They're focused on their hunger. We're proud to help lead the effort to ensure that doesn't happen."

Last year, 83 percent of MPS students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, which is close to double the state average in Wisconsin. 

MPS parents will no longer have have to submit a meal benefits application. However, the district said families will be asked to complete a survey which will be used to determine eligibility for fee waivers and other educational benefits.