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All Cohoes elementary students can receive free breakfast & lunch at school

September 10, 2015—All elementary school students in the Cohoes City School District are now eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch at school. The district has been approved for the Community Eligibility Program for Abram Lansing Elementary School, Harmony Hill Elementary School, and Van Schaick Grade School through the 2018-19 school year. The universal meal program permits eligible schools to provide meal service to all students at no charge, regardless of economic status, while reducing burden at the household and local levels by eliminating the need to obtain eligibility data from families through a separate collection.

A school is eligible for Community Eligibility if at least 40 percent of its students are “directly certified,” i.e., identified for free meals through means other than household applications (for example, students directly certified through SNAP).

“This is a great opportunity for our families,” Superintendent Jennifer Spring said. “Together, we can support healthier eating, better learning outcomes and reduced paperwork – all to the benefit of our community’s children.”

Elementary school students will see no change in the cafeteria procedure because of the program. Students will go through the lunch line as usual, receive all the nutritional components of breakfast and/or lunch and then enter their pin, which they’ve used in the past, at checkout. Students can still place money on their accounts for snacks and à la carte items.