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Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

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CEP Letter to Parents

Bessemer City Schools

Child Nutrition Program

1621 5th Avenue North

Bessemer, Alabama 35020

Telephone: 205-432-3008



The Bessemer City Board of Education announces today (7/19/2016), an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs for the 2016-2017 school year. All students will be served lunch/breakfast at no charge at the following sites:

Abrams Elementary School                        

Bessemer City Middle School

Bessemer City High School                     

Greenwood Elementary School

Hard Elementary School                         

Jonesboro Elementary School

Westhills Elementary School


The “Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act”, requires us to make sufficient changes in our meals. We must decrease sodium, stay within a targeted range of calories, decrease the amount of protein served and increase the amount of fruits and vegetables served. Students will see more servings of “Dark Green” and “Red/Orange” vegetables and all breads and grains must be “Whole Grain”.


Students will be required to take more fruits and vegetables in order for it to be a reimbursable meal. The limited calories will also require us to limit the amount of starchy vegetables being served. A student not electing to take a reimbursable meal, will be charged established A’la Carte prices for the items taken.


There will be no household free/reduce meal applications to fill out as the students attending the Bessemer City Schools will receive meals (breakfast and lunch) at no cost. However, if a student wishes to get a second meal then the meal will be purchased at full price. Breakfast: Elementary $.85, Middle/High $1.00. Lunch: Elementary $2.50 Middle/High $2.75. Prices for all others are: Breakfast: Faculty/Staff $1.75 and Visitors $2.00 onsite or $2.25 carryout. Lunch: Faculty/Staff $3.50 and Visitors $4.00 onsite or $4.25 carryout.


Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)? This is a special provision that provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to schools in low income areas that meet the qualifications as specified in the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act that allow ALL STUDENTS to eat at no cost breakfast and lunch without having to submit an application for free or reduced price meals. The CEP uses information from other programs, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) instead of the traditional paper applications. Students attending the Bessemer City Schools qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision and all students will be provided a no charge breakfast and lunch regardless of prior benefits. This newly expanded program DOES NOT REQUIRE PARENTS TO SUBMIT a meal application. This provision is based on the number of students that are directly certified by the Alabama State Department of Education.


Board policy does not allow meals to be charged to the Child Nutrition Program. You may keep money in your child(ren) accounts, or your child(ren) can bring their money daily for individual items or second meals. No student will be allowed to charge purchases.


For additional information please contact: Bessemer City Board of Education, Attention: Shawn Shaw, Director, Child Nutrition Program, 1621 5th Avenue North, Bessemer, Alabama 35020, Telephone Number 205-432-3008, E-mail


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