• By Valerie Fuller, Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
  • Friday, July 21, 2017

Eligible CEP Schools Offer Free Meals for Students


Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036


(Columbus, GA)-The Muscogee County School District (MCSD) expands the number of Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools for the 2017-2018 school year from 38 to 41 schools. Blanchard Elementary, Midland Academy, and Shaw High School are new additions to the list of CEP schools. CEP is a provision established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, which allows all children who attend a CEP school to eat breakfast and lunch at no charge.

CEP eligible schools must have at least 40% of students directly certified by the State of Georgia as a homeless child, a foster child, a recipient of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). In addition, 40% of the students identified who are eligible can be calculated by individual school, groups of schools, or the entire district. Groups of schools can be any combination of schools in the district. The students who are eligible are based on data as of April 1 for the previous school year.

There are 13 MCSD schools that are non-CEP schools (Aaron Cohn Middle School, Blackmon Road Middle School, Britt David Magnet Academy, Clubview Elementary School, Columbus High School, Double Churches Elementary School, Eagle Ridge Academy, Mathews Elementary School, Midland Middle School, North Columbus Elementary School, Northside High School, Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts, and Veterans Memorial Middle School). Parents of students who attend non-CEP schools may complete an application for free and reduced meals to determine eligibility.

2017-2018 Meal Prices
Elementary Schools Breakfast $ .95 Lunch $2.35
Middle Schools and High Schools Breakfast $1.20 Lunch $2.60

Parents or legal guardians who have an outstanding balance for their child’s meals for the previous year should contact the School Nutrition Manager at the school to pay the balance in-full before the first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year.

For more information on CEP, access the Georgia Department of Education site, www.gadoe.org or contact