School lunch prices remain low, breakfast remains free

School lunch prices in Robertson County will continue into next year with no increase. Several of the district’s schools will again offer lunch at no cost. All county schools will continue providing a free breakfast. SUBMITTED

The prices for lunches in Robertson County schools will remain the same for the 2019-2020 school year and breakfast will continue to be free of charge at all schools in the district.

Nearly half of Robertson County schools will continue to serve free lunches at no cost.

The prices were approved on Monday, May 13 by the Robertson Board of Education after being presented by the district’s nutrition office.

Nutrition supervisor Patsi Gregory said in addition to the free breakfasts offered district-wide, there are nine schools that meet certain criteria, whose students eat lunch for free, according to Gregory, as part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Act of 2010.

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas, which allows breakfast and lunch to be served at no cost to all who are enrolled in those schools - without collecting household applications.

The nine schools in Robertson County include: Bransford, Coopertown, Jo Byrns, Westside, Cheatham Park Crestview and Krisle elementary schools; and Springfield middle and high schools.

“Any family in other schools in the district can also apply for free or reduced lunch individually, even if the school does not meet the CEP criteria,” Gregory said.  "Online applications and eligibility guidelines will be available on the school nutrition program website beginning July 1. Paper applications will be available when school starts in the fall. We need more families to apply.” 

For the 2018-2019 school year, neighboring Cheatham County and Sumner County have zero schools in the Community Eligibility Provision category, according to the Tennessee Dept. of Education.

Davidson County lists 147 CEP schools and Dickson County has 14.

When the prices of school lunches are compared with neighboring communities, the local meal prices continue to remain slightly lower, according to Robertson County Schools Director Chris Causey.

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