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Community Eligibility Provision

Effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016

Lexington County District Four, Gaston-Swansea  is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2015-2016 school year.  Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1))(the law) to provide an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision.  All students enrolled in the school/district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them.  Families will not have to fill out meal applications.

Breakfast and lunch meals follow the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for healthy school meals.  Please encourage students to participate in the school meal programs.

You may contact your School Food Service (SFS) Coordinator Lora Beth Rucker, 607 East 5th Street, Swansea SC  29160 @ (803)490-7000 for additional information.

Parents or guardians that do not want their child/children to participate in CEP may wish to discuss this matter with Lora Beth Rucker,  (Coordinator of Food Service Department Name) on an informal basis. 

Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to Linda G. Lavender, Ph.D., Superintendent  whose address is: 607 East 5th Street, Swansea SC  29160 for a hearing to appeal the decision. 

This release was sent to the following newspapers. The State Record Company and The Lexington County Chronicle & Dispatch News.

Non-Discrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint filing cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.govIndividuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.                           

(Revised 2015)


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