Families with elementary school students within the Daviess County Public School District will be pleased to know that breakfasts and lunches will be free for the 2023-2024 school year through a program called the Community Eligibility Provision. This decision was approved at a special called board luncheon by the Daviess County Board of Education in July.

So, what exactly is the Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP?

From USDA's Food and Nutrition Service website, "The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications."

It's a welcome announcement on the cusp of the upcoming school year for those with elementary school students. To coincide with the approval, a press release was made available to provide further information.

From the Daviess County Public Schools press release: "The CEP pilot program will be rolled out at the beginning of the upcoming 2023-24 academic year and will initially cover all elementary schools within Daviess County Public Schools. The district plans to evaluate the program’s effectiveness and explore opportunities for expansion in the near future to include DCPS middle and high schools in the CEP program."

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Elementary schools within the Daviess County Public School District:

Audubon Elementary School
Burns Elementary School
Country Heights Elementary School
Deer Park Elementary School
East View Elementary School
Highland Elementary School
Meadow Lands Elementary School
Sorgho Elementary School
Southern Oaks Elementary School
Tamarack Elementary School
West Louisville Elementary School
Whitesville Elementary School

The first day of school for Daviess County Public Schools is Wednesday, August 9.

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