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Over half of public schools will implement no-cost meals

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - There's more good news from the Department of Education as the state agency for Child Nutrition Program announces school meals at no cost to students through the Community Eligibility Provision. Referred to as CEP, it is a new option available to students participating in the USDA National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

Superintendent Jon Fernandez says the CEP will be piloted in 21 of DOE's 41 public schools this coming school year. "What's happening now is I think the federal government is being more progressive in trying to remove obstacles of kids eating so long as there's an income justification so that actually works out for Guam because we do know that we have an number of our children  who are in low income households," he said.

Fernandez adds the data that will be collected during the pilot year will help determine what direction the agency takes with school meals in all DOE schools. For more information call 300-2460.

Schools participating in the CEP pilot are:
  • Astumbo Elementary Ordot/Chalan Pago Elementary
  • C.L. Taitano Elementary Talofofo Elementary
  • Finegayan Elementary Wettengel Elementary
  • H.B. Price Elementary Agueda Johnston Middle
  • Inarajan Elementary AsTumbo Middle
  • JQ San Miguel Elementary Inarajan Middle
  • Machananao Elementary Oceanview Middle
  • M.U. Lujan Elementary George Washington High
  • Marcial Sablan Elementary Okkodo High
  • M.A. Ulloa Elementary Southern High
  • Merizo Martyr Memorial School
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