Rapid City Area Schools expanding USDA food program
Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) will be expanding a federal United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that provides breakfast and lunch to students at no charge. Three new sites will begin to offer the program on the first day of the 2018-19 school year; Canyon Lake Elementary, South Middle School, and Central High School. This will allow for an additional 2500+ students to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge every day without the need to pay a fee or submit a Free or Reduced Meals Application.
Janelle Peterson, Student Nutrition Manager for RCAS says “The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) reduces administrative paperwork for schools so they can focus on providing healthy meals to help students learn and thrive. The program increases school meal participation by removing stigma and maximizes federal reimbursements. It’s a win-win for all involved.”
Rapid City Area Schools has taken advantage of the program since it became available nationwide in the 2014-15 school year.