JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Next month another 24 local schools in Duval County will be offering students free breakfast and lunch under the Community Eligibility Provision.
This provision allows districts to provide free meals if 40% of a school's population is certified as qualifying based on family income. Parents no longer submit applications with the government now drawing information from the state and welfare agencies to verify eligibility.
Last year 83 schools in the district fell under that criteria with this year another two dozen schools reaching the threshold. Altogether nearly seven out of ten schools in the district will offer free meals with no paperwork required of parents.
In schools that do not meet the 40% target to qualify, students submit paperwork for either free or reduce lunches.
School lunch prices in August for students who pay will go up 5 cents. In elementary schools the lunches cost $1.75 and in secondary schools the cost is $2.25.