All students to receive free meals for the next 4 years, beginning Sept. 2024

The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District is excited to announce that all students will be able to receive free school meals regardless of family income for the next four years, beginning with the 2024-25 school year in September. 

Earlier this school year, only three of our schools qualified for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision Program or CEP which helps schools provide free breakfast and lunch for all students. Thanks to the hard work of Food Services Director Rita Vedsted the district reapplied and all five buildings are now approved. 

CEP schools qualify by using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. 

“This is wonderful news that will benefit all J-D families. The cost of living and inflation can be felt everywhere. We’re hopeful that relief in this area will support our students and help them continue to thrive in school and at home,” said Superintendent Peter Smith. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Food Services Director Rita Vedsted at 315-445-5286.