The Rondout Valley Central School District is excited to announce that it will now provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students in all schools.
This is made possible through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) designation granted to Rondout Valley by the New York State Education Department, and will be effective at the start of the 2023-2024 school year.
The CEP includes one breakfast meal and one lunch meal for every student. Additional meals may be purchased at the following prices: breakfast at all schools, $1.75; lunch at elementary schools, $2.75; lunch at intermediate, junior high, and high schools, $3.25.
Previously, only certain families qualified for free meals through New York State. However, due to a new funding provision included in this year’s State budget, RVCSD is now included in this program. Even though meals will be provided free of charge, families are still encouraged to fill out and send back the free and reduced meal application, which can be found on the District website. Completion of the applications can provide additional benefits for students and families, and helps the District receive State funding. Examples of these benefits include discounts on home internet costs, academic testing, college applications, and more.
RVCSD Superintendent Dr. Joseph Morgan stressed the importance of this funding. “This program ensures that all children can receive the benefits of a nutritious meal every day,” he said. “Studies have shown that school meals are critical to students' well-being and readiness to learn, and we are thrilled to offer this to Rondout Valley students.”