IDEA Public Schools Offers Free Meals through Community Eligibility Provision

RIO GRANDE VALLEY (July 27, 2017) –The Child Nutrition Program (CNP) at IDEA Public Schools recently announced a change to its policy for serving meals to children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2017-2018 school year for qualifying schools. Schools qualifying to operate the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provide breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge and eliminate the collection of meal applications for free, reduced-price, and paid student meals.

“Through the Community Eligibility Provision, we can ensure that more students will receive nutritious meals every day without burdening our families and school administrators,” said Dalia Pena, director of the Child Nutrition Program at IDEA Public Schools. “Free meals for more students means that they will have the energy they need to get through each school day as they progress on the road to and through college.”  

Given the recent tools, economic data, and formulas provided by Texas Department of Agriculture to help school districts identify students receiving benefits from the state, the IDEA CNP department was able to identify schools for the upcoming school year.  

The 26 IDEA qualifying schools for CEP in 2017-2018 are:

Rio Grande Valley

San Antonio


1.       IDEA Donna

2.       IDEA Edinburg

3.       IDEA McAllen

4.       IDEA Mission

5.       IDEA North Mission

6.       IDEA Pharr

7.       IDEA Quest

8.       IDEA San Juan

9.       IDEA Toros

10.   IDEA Alamo

11.   IDEA Brownsville

12.   IDEA Frontier

13.   IDEA Riverview

14.   IDEA San Benito

15.   IDEA Weslaco

16.   IDEA Weslaco Pike

17.   IDEA Carver

18.   IDEA Eastside

19.   IDEA Judson

20.   IDEA Mays

21.   IDEA Monterrey Park

22.   IDEA South Flores

23.   IDEA Walzem


24.   IDEA Allan

25.   IDEA Bluff Springs

26.   IDEA Rundberg

Families who attend a campus that is not on this list are asked to complete the free-and-reduced-lunch (FARM) application online at: or fill out the proper form and drop it off at their campus before the first day of school.

For additional information about the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), please contact the following person:

IDEA Public Schools

Attention:  Dalia Peña, CNP Director of Finance and Nutrition

Child Nutrition Program

IDEA Headquarters

2115 W. Pike Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78596


To learn more about IDEA Public Schools, please contact Kisella Cardenas at, or (956) 998-9120.


About IDEA Public Schools

IDEA Public Schools believes that each and every child can go to college. Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States. Currently, the network serves nearly 36,000 college-bound students in 61 schools across three Texas regions. Additionally, IDEA boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college.

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