July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017
Lexington School District Four,
Gaston-Swansea is participating in the Community Eligibility
Provision (CEP) for the 2016-2017 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 Debra Hoffman, 607 East 5th
Street, Swansea SC 29160 @ (803)-490-7000 for additional
Parents or guardians that do not want their child/children
to participate in CEP may wish to discuss this matter with Debra Hoffman,
Coordinator of School Food Service 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.
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