FWCS to Provide No-Cost Meals to Elementary, Middle School Families - June 10, 2014

Record Number: 10914
Displayed from: Jun 10, 2014 , until: Aug 10, 2014

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved a plan to provide meals at no cost to elementary and middle school students beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

The new benefit is available to families as part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the National School Lunch Program. FWCS is eligible to participate because more than 40 percent of students are directly certified by the state for benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Because high school participation in the school lunch program is lower than in elementary and middle schools, it is not currently financially feasible to offer meals at no cost to high school students. FWCS will reevaluate this decision at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

“We believe this will be a great benefit for our students and their families,” Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said.

Students in elementary and middle schools, as well as all students at Ward Education Center, will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost daily. A la carte items will still be available for purchase at the middle schools, and students wishing to purchase extra milk will be able to continue paying for it through their prepaid meal account or with cash.

While families will no longer need to submit an application for free or reduced-price meals, they will need to apply for free textbooks, if eligible. Information on this process will be sent to families in July.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.