Floyd County schools offering free breakfast, lunch for all students this year

Parents don't have to fill out any forms for students to participate

FLOYD COUNTY, Va. – Students in Floyd County returned to the classroom for the first day of school on Tuesday. With the new school year comes a new program providing free meals for every student in the county.

The Community Eligibility Provision, better known as ‘CEP,’ is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. The Superintendent says the division has been working to implement the program since 2016.

“Access to food is an emergency service that every community has to have, and here in Floyd we are the emergency food provider at our five schools,” Floyd County Schools Superintendent John Wheeler said.

Parents and their students don’t have to fill out any forms in order to participate, and students can get free breakfast and lunch every day for the year.

Wheeler said with the new school year also comes new guidelines and ever-changing conditions. He said regardless of the outcome, the school division and community will get through the school year as they always have: together.

“No matter what I say, the fear is not going to go away with the virus but I can assure you, we’re going to do everything we can to keep everyone safe in our schools,” Wheeler said.

For the latest on Floyd County Public Schools’ reopening plan, click here.

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