IDEA to Provide Free Meals to All Students at Select Campuses

The Child Nutrition Program (CNP) of IDEA Public Schools announced a change to its policy for serving meals to children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2020-2021 school year.

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. This new approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals.

Below is a list of all qualifying campuses.

The qualifying schools in the Rio Grande Valley are IDEA Donna, IDEA Edinburg, IDEA McAllen, IDEA Mission, IDEA North Mission, IDEA Pharr, IDEA Quest, IDEA San Juan, IDEA Toros, IDEA Alamo, IDEA Brownsville, IDEA Frontier, IDEA Riverview,  IDEA San Benito, IDEA Weslaco,  IDEA Weslaco Pike, IDEA Rio Grande City,  IDEA Tres Lagos,  IDEA Elsa,  IDEA Owassa, IDEA Robindale, and IDEA Los Encinos.

The qualifying schools in San Antonio are IDEA Carver, IDEA Eastside, IDEA Judson, IDEA Mays, IDEA Monterrey Park, IDEA South Flores, IDEA Walzem, IDEA Najim, IDEA Brackenridge, IDEA Ewing Halsell, IDEA Ingram Hills, and IDEA Burke.

The qualifying schools in Austin are IDEA Montopolis, IDEA Bluff Springs, IDEA Rundberg, IDEA Kyle, IDEA Pflugerville, IDEA Parmer Park, and IDEA Health Professions.

The qualifying schools in El Paso are IDEA Rio Vista, IDEA Edgemere, and IDEA Mesa Hills.

The qualifying schools in Tarrant County are IDEA Achieve and IDEA Rise.

The qualifying schools in Baton Rouge are IDEA Innovation and IDEA Bridge

The qualifying school in New Orleans is IDEA Oscar Dunn.

With the health and safety of our scholars as a top priority, all IDEA campuses the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, El Paso, Austin, Tarrant County, Houston, Baton Rouge and New Orleans will begin the 2020-2021 school year 100% distance learning from home for all grade level.

Free and reduced-price meals will still be offered to IDEA students via curbside meals.

Parents of students who are attending new IDEA campuses are encouraged to complete the free and reduced-price meals (FARM) application as soon as possible. For more information click here.


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