The Cedar Rapids Community School District is continuing the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). CEP gives students access to the nutrition they need. The program is active at Metro, Polk, Johnson STEAM Academy and Taylor. There is no need to apply, this is for every Metro student.
Under CEP, individual students do not have an individual eligibility status. The school building has a “free” eligibility status based on the makeup of their student’s population. All enrolled students at Metro, Johnson, Taylor and Polk are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge each day of the school year.
Ala carte purchases such as extra milk, second entrées or additional sides are not part of the CEP meal, students will need to pay with cash or have money deposited in their meal account.
Food and Nutrition will count and record the total number of meals served. Metro students will be counted and recorded at breakfast. At lunch students will need to swipe a card or punch in their number, but will not be charged for the meal.