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BCPS offers free meals for students in the 2023–2024 school year

Broward County, Florida – Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has officially declared that every student within the district will be provided complimentary breakfast and lunch throughout the 2023-2024 academic calendar.

This provision is a result of the Universal Free Lunch Program Pilot, a strategic initiative aimed at ensuring consistent access to wholesome meals for students, alleviating financial pressures on families.

The commencement of this universal breakfast program is scheduled for August 21. To mark its launch, school cafeterias will host a tropical-themed event on the inaugural day of the academic year, during which students will be treated to “Cool Tropics raspberry passion fruit slushies” and “ABC cookies” at no cost.

The Universal Free Lunch Program is set to benefit students across 180 qualifying schools. Notably, there is no requirement for families to submit an application to avail themselves of this facility.

This complimentary lunch provision represents a revision to the school board’s existing meal distribution approach under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program.

A significant shift from earlier protocols, the Universal Free Lunch Program Pilot now encompasses students in non-CEP institutions, ensuring all students, irrespective of their previous eligibility, can avail of complimentary meals during school hours.

BCPS strongly recommends parents to engage with the online Meal Benefits application and the Income Survey Form. Such engagement aids the district in offering extended benefits when needed.

Interested individuals can access these forms at www.myschoolapps.com.

Further details about the program, including specific breakfast and lunch menus categorized by school, are accessible via the Department of Food and Nutrition’s official portal, www.bcpsfoodservices.com.

For any additional queries or information regarding the program, parents are encouraged to reach out to the department directly at 786-275-0447.

Alfred Duncan

Alfred Duncan is a senior editor at The South Florida Daily, where he oversees our coverage of politics, misinformation, health and economics. Alfred is a former reporter and editor for BuzzFeed News, National Geographic and USA Today.

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