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Top 10 Reasons for Schools to Adopt Community Eligibility

July 17, 2014

I joined thousands of school nutrition administrators from across the country in Boston this week for their annual conference to share information about how high-poverty school districts can eliminate applications and serve meals to all students at no charge under the new option known as community eligibility.  Over and over, I...

“All In with Chris Hayes” Highlights Community Eligibility

July 11, 2014

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes covered Chicago’s decision to adopt community eligibility, which allows schools with high percentages of low-income children to serve breakfasts and lunches to all children free of charge, for all its schools.  The story from earlier this week, which also featured other large districts that have adopted community eligibility, explained how taking the option helps children...

Community Eligibility in 70 Seconds

July 10, 2014

This brief video highlights the key benefits of community eligibility, which allows schools with high percentages of low-income children to serve breakfasts and lunches to all children free of charge.  More than 28,000 schools nationwide are eligible.  Schools have until August 31 to sign up....

Wide Variety of Schools Opting to Become Hunger-Free

July 7, 2014

The community eligibility provision, through which schools in high-poverty areas can serve breakfasts and lunches to all students at no charge, is designed to work in many different settings — large school districts or small ones, urban or rural areas, district-wide or in selected schools.  Various types of districts have...

Alternative Poverty Data Readily Available for Schools That Eliminate Meal Applications

June 23, 2014

Our new report explains how states and school districts can obtain data on the family incomes of students in schools that adopt community eligibility, which allows schools in high-poverty...

Community Eligibility: Spreading the Word About an Important Hunger-Fighting Tool

June 13, 2014

Community eligibility, a provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow more than 28,000 schools in high-poverty neighborhoods to offer nutritious meals to all students at no charge next year, as we’ve explained.  Schools must opt in to take...

More on Why Schools Are Adopting Community Eligibility

June 6, 2014

We’ve provided examples (see here and here) of how schools in high-poverty areas can reduce hunger, cut red tape, and improve...

Join Our June 6 Tweet Chat on Reducing Hunger Through Community Eligibility

June 5, 2014

CBPP will team up with MomsRising and the Food Research and Action Center in a tweet chat tomorrow (Friday, June 6) at 1 p.m. EDT on community eligibility — an exciting new option for high-poverty schools to serve nutritious breakfasts and lunches at no charge to all students, while reducing paperwork.  The June 30...

Why Schools Are Adopting Community Eligibility

May 16, 2014

Participating schools report that community eligibility, which enables schools in high-poverty areas to serve meals to all students at no charge, improves children’s access to healthy meals, cuts paperwork for parents and schools, and makes school meal programs more efficient.  Previously available in 11 states, the option will be open to more than 25,000 high-poverty schools and more than 2,...

Expansion of Community Eligibility Reaches Milestone

May 1, 2014

Today’s the deadline for states to publish lists of schools and school districts eligible next school year for “community eligibility,” which allows schools in high-poverty areas to help address child hunger by serving meals at no charge to all students.  The option, now available in 11 states, will expand nationwide this fall for...

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