Southern Local students to receive free breakfast, lunch

The Southern Local School District will continue its policy to operate the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Program under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2017-18 school year.

All schools that operate CEP will serve breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge and eliminate the collection of meal applications for free or reduced price and paid student meals.

This new approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals. For additional information, parents should contact Kerry Morrissey, food service director, at the school on SR 39, east of Salineville, by calling (330) 679-2343 or at kerry.morrissey@southern.k12.oh.us.

FREE HEALTH CARE: Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for free health care coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start and Healthy Families programs.

These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse and more. For more information or to request an application call 1-800-324-8680. Information can also be found on the web at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/consumers/familychild.stm. Anyone who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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