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ACES, ECES: What to know about your student's school meals
Posted On:
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
School nutrition
School nutrition

As we have previously communicated, Ashland City Elementary School (ACES) and East Cheatham Elementary School (ECES) offered breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students each day in the past through an option called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which is only available to some schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

Due to improved economic conditions and a decrease in the number of households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, CEP is no longer a viable option for ACES and ECES.

ACES and ECES will continue to offer a healthy breakfast and lunch to students during the school day, but will return to the previous system of collecting household applications for households that wish to apply for free or reduced priced meals.

Please be assured that ALL students will be fed in Cheatham County School District. All schools will continue to provide healthy meals to all children.

What does this mean for you and your children?

• Your household must meet eligibility requirements for your child(ren) to receive free or reduced price meals at school.

You may submit an application with your household income information for your child(ren) to qualify for free or reduced price meals. Applications will be available when school begins in August.

 If any member of your household receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, your child automatically qualifies for free meals. You should receive a notification from the Cheatham County School District informing you that you don’t need to submit an application. If you or a household member receives the SNAP or TANF benefits, but you do not receive a notification, you may submit an application with your case number to qualify for free meals.

 You may also submit an application to qualify for free meals based on your child’s status as a homeless, runaway, migrant or foster child or your child’s participation in Head Start. You may indicate your child’s status on the application.

• If your child does not qualify for free meals, your child may purchase meals at the reduced price or paid rate, depending on their eligibility status.

The reduced prices are $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.

The paid rates are $2.00 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch (grades pre-K-4) and $3.00 (grades 5-12). 

Again, please rest assured that all children will be fed in Cheatham County.

If you have any questions, or need assistance completing your application for free or reduced price meals, please contact the School Nutrition Department at 615-792-5664.