Public schools across Louisiana are now able to provide free meals to all students under the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs through Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option.Learn More
FOOD POLICY – Feed More for Less
Public schools across Louisiana are now able to provide free meals to all students under the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs through Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option. Until recently, Louisiana schools were unable to take advantage of Universal Meal Programs without losing their ability to count students eligible for at-risk funding. Louisiana Appleseed and its community partners worked with the Louisiana Department of Education to amend the policy by which it determines the at-risk count for schools wishing to participate in Universal Meal Programs. The updated policy ensures that schools opting for programs such as Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option will be able to provide free meals to all their students while simplifying their paperwork, streamlining meal service, decreasing school food service costs and, most importantly, promoting good nutrition and helping improve student performance.
Louisiana Appleseed volunteer, Allison Berger Tiller, wrote a handbook to inform schools about these programs and to help them determine if taking advantage of Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option is the right choice for their students. It is intended to provide schools with the pertinent policy information they need to assist them in making an informed decision. The easy guide has been printed and a helpful website developed through the generosity of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. Special thanks to the Pennington family foundation for additional funding. To learn more about this initiative, please visit http://feedmoreforless.com/ or click here for the guide.
To date, 341,000 Louisiana students in 741 schools have received lunch under the Community Eligibility Program, for which Louisiana Appleseed volunteers successfully advocated. Louisiana has 72.6% adoption by eligible schools (15th in the nation) and 78% by eligible school districts (7th in the nation). Louisiana had the second largest increase in CEP adoption in 2016-17.
If you are interested in obtaining a hard copy of the guide or have any questions about this project, please call Louisiana Appleseed at 504-561-7304.
Other Food Policy Partners
Louisiana Appleseed also works with the Louisiana Food Bank Association and the Food Research Action Center on issues related to food policy.
Project Partners: Food Research Action Center, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Pennington Family Foundation, Louisiana Food Bank Association, Allison Tiller, and Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC.