Free Meals for GISD Students Continue for 2022-2023
Gainesville ISD will continue to provide free meals to all students for the 2022-2023 school year. GISD qualified for the Communication Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, which will allow GISD to provide breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge.
Previously, families were required to complete the free/reduced meal application to determine qualification under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. However, for the last two years, as an additional form of pandemic relief, ALL students in Gainesville ISD were able to receive free meals regardless of household income. That grant has come to an end and GISD opted to apply for the CEP program.
The new program will once again enable ALL students in GISD to receive free breakfast and lunch without the requirement for families to complete the National School Lunch Program free/reduced meal application. However, districts in the CEP program are required to collect an income survey from all families. The survey is now included as a required form in parent portal for the 2022-2023 school year. This simple and concise form will provide valuable information that will assist GISD in qualifying for a multitude of grants from additional funding sources.