All Students At Many Escambia Schools To Receive Free Lunch, Breakfast

July 20, 2018

Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students, regardless of income, during the upcoming school year at 45 schools in Escambia County.

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program means that parents of the students at these schools are not required to submit an application for the Free and Reduced Meal program at that school. However, siblings attending schools not on the CEP list will need to apply for eligibility.

Participating schools are:

Elementary Schools: Jim Allen Elementary, Bellview Elementary, Bratt Elementary, Brentwood Elementary, Byrneville Elementary, Ensley Elementary, Ferry Pass Elementary, Global Learning Academy, Holm Elementary, Lincoln Park Elementary, R.C. Lipscomb Elementary, Longleaf Elementary, McArthur Elementary, Molino Park Elementary, Montclair Elementary, Myrtle Grove Elementary, Navy Point Elementary, Oakcrest Elementary, Pine Meadow Elementary, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Scenic Heights Elementary, O.J. Semmes Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, Warrington Elementary, C.A. Weis Elementary and West Pensacola Elementary.

Middle Schools: Jim C. Bailey Middle, Bellview Middle, Ernest Ward Middle, Ferry Pass Middle, Warrington Middle and J.H.Workman Middle.

High Schools: Escambia High, Northview High, Pensacola High, Pine Forest High and Booker T. Washington High School.

Alternative Education/Centers: Camelot Academy, Capstone Academy, Escambia Westgate School, George Stone Technical College (Phoenix Initiative Program), Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy, Judy Andrews, Lakeview Center and McMillan Pre-K Center.

Parents of the students at these schools are not required to submit an application for the free and reduced Lunch program at that school — all meals are free.

Families with students attending other ECSD schools are encouraged to apply for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Applications will be sent home or parents and guardians to complete and return to their student’s school.

Pictured top: Sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables and crackers on the lunch menu at Jim Allen Elementary School. Pictured below: Lunch at Bratt Elementary and Ransom Middle School. Courtesy photos for, click to enlarge.


47 Responses to “All Students At Many Escambia Schools To Receive Free Lunch, Breakfast”

  1. Holly on August 13th, 2018 6:52 pm

    It says Ferry Pass ms on there but received a letter stating the costs of meals and how to apply for reduced or free meals. I’m confused.

  2. GetOverIt on July 23rd, 2018 9:48 am

    Are you guys REALLY complaining about having to pay for your OWN child’s food?

    These schools are title 1 schools, these parents are broker than you perceive yourself to be.

    Stop being mad that the government is making sure those kids aren’t going hungry all year long. Start being grateful for the ability to provide your own kid with food.

  3. Wilykyote on July 22nd, 2018 8:47 pm

    Sandy: @ my age I’m forgetting things occasionally…..but
    I sure don’t remember having a plan for doing nothing! lol

  4. KBD on July 22nd, 2018 6:18 pm

    At this point all kids at every school should get free breakfast/lunch. What message does that send to our children at other schools where their parents are scraping by? On more than one occasion my child has used his lunch money to feed his friends.

  5. Sandy on July 22nd, 2018 10:23 am

    Wilykyote, Many are excellent students but I had students who came back into the system and had never done any lessons while “homeschooled”. They would get free lunches too under your plan for doing nothing. I still can’t agree. Have a good day.

  6. Wilykyote on July 21st, 2018 11:17 pm

    Sandy : Many of the homeschooled are considerably
    advanced ( see recent School report cards).
    A parents inability to
    provide food, clothing,housing etc. for their children is kinda
    revealing to those of us that did it on a shoestring years ago
    and never received anything free including pre K and Kindergarten
    and then College. The American Dream was originally based
    on work and more work……not hand-outs and gimme’s. And the
    School Boards money that is being offered for free was taken
    from the Tax Payers .

  7. Sandy on July 21st, 2018 9:22 pm

    Sorry Wilykyote but I disagree with you. If parents don’t want to take advantage of what the school district has to offer why should they get the free lunches? Besides those schools are low income schools.

  8. Wilykyote on July 21st, 2018 1:19 pm

    There’s approximately 3 million Homeschooled students in
    the U. S……..shouldn’t they be getting free meals ?

  9. Missing the point. on July 21st, 2018 12:24 pm

    I think some of y’all are missing the point – ANY kid that qualifies under the usual criteria for free lunch can get it at any school, they just have to apply, just like it’s always been until the last few years. The schools listed have a higher percentage lower-income families, so most likely it’s been determined more cost effective to just let any kid get lunch for free than to process all that paperwork.

    Honestly, my kid has bought a school lunch maybe twice in two years at Ransom, and it’s not the price, its partially preference for a more simple lunch and partially because by the time they get through the lunch lines, there’s not much time left to eat.

  10. Molino park parent on July 21st, 2018 11:52 am

    Most are complaining about lunch not be offered free at your child’s school, yes my child school is on the list and I thank them very much, but regardless I still work and my tax dollars are still be used for others, criminals and the ECAT and I have never rode the bus. So just get over it and get out your feelings. Some people are never happy and guess what everyone is not gone be pleased all the time.

  11. Joseph on July 21st, 2018 11:37 am

    I really am beginning to have a major problem with this certain schools getting free lunches. And Tate, the school where my children go doesn’t. I pay the same taxes as everyone else in this county. My children don’t qualify for free lunch. Because I’m just over the income cap. So seeing other schools offering free lunches to everyone. Is not right. I’m wondering now if parents in Tate’s schools zone don’t have a class action law suit over this. Any lawyers reading this want a nice big case?

  12. R.M. on July 21st, 2018 11:33 am

    My parents came out of the depression knowing how to stretch a family budget. We never went hungry, but we seldom had expensive food. Chickens, eggs and vegetables from our backyard, seafood from the bay, cornbread and milk (half powdered and half whole.) Some of the kids in school worked in the school cafeteria to supplement their costs. We did a lot of brown bagging back then.

    Maybe the schools should start teaching an economics class stressing the differences of capitalism, socialism, and the real cost of entitlements.

  13. ALEX on July 21st, 2018 10:57 am

    Eric are you suggesting we lock up all the kids so they can have THREE free meals per day. LOL!

  14. Eric on July 21st, 2018 5:39 am

    Well, this is great if you have a child attending one of these schools, but I agree that it should be all schools or none. We, as tax payers, feed ALL of the criminals in EVERY jail & prison: breakfast, lunch & dinner. The vast majority of them have family members that send money to their accounts so they can buy food & other items from their canteen or commissary. If they want to eat in the dining halls & have money, THEY should have to pay for it instead of tax payers. What does it say about our society when criminals get free meals, but school children do not? Very, very sad indeed.

  15. Hmmm... on July 20th, 2018 10:51 pm

    Hmmm…thank you Southerner. Nothing is free. It will all be expected before long. Can only go so far….

  16. Retired Schooll Mom on July 20th, 2018 10:22 pm

    I agree with most of you on this subject. My kids went to Byrneville Elementary, Earnest Ward Middle School and Northview High School. Although I could pay for lunches, I know that some could not, also my kids would not eat what they served for lunch so I had to pack their lunches anyway. Just saying: although they’re offering free breakfast and lunch, doesn’t mean that your child will eat it.

  17. Chris on July 20th, 2018 9:38 pm

    Free at all
    No JUNK food

  18. nod on July 20th, 2018 8:43 pm


  19. Duke of Wawbeek on July 20th, 2018 7:06 pm

    @Straighshooter, “where is ACLU?”

    Most likely at temple.

  20. Csm on July 20th, 2018 6:20 pm

    If I’m not mistaken, if your child qualifies for free/reduced lunch, it doesn’t matter if their school is not on the list, it will still be free or reduced for them.

  21. Straightshooter on July 20th, 2018 6:09 pm

    Why not all schools. Sounds like a cut and dry case for discrimination. Where is ALCU

  22. Becky on July 20th, 2018 4:46 pm

    This is such good news. Our country is feeding the world. It is about time , in all fairness, that they feed our children in school.

  23. Me on July 20th, 2018 4:28 pm

    The only schools listed are those who are Title I. Title I means that a certain percentage of the student population is low income. The free lunches for everyone help to not single out those kids that receive the free or reduced price lunch. If your child goes to a school not on the list fill out the form for free or reduced lunch to see if you qualify. Just because the whole school doesn’t get it doesn’t mean you can’t receive the benefit.

  24. HF on July 20th, 2018 3:51 pm


  25. DD on July 20th, 2018 3:24 pm

    Why not Brown Barge and Tate High School

  26. DD on July 20th, 2018 3:23 pm

    Why not Brown Barge Middle and Tate High. That’s discrimination.

  27. Tate Mom on July 20th, 2018 2:20 pm

    This is how it was last year and Tate wasn’t on the list then either. I think we all need to call the school board and explain to them how unfair this is. This is our tax money being used and we don’t receive the perks from it.
    Bill slayton is our rep 469-6258 this number was listed on their website

  28. Mary on July 20th, 2018 2:15 pm

    I’ve been fighting the urge to comment on this all morning, BUT……an egg and a glass of milk should not be a problem for 98% of local households. It’s what I had for breakfast every school morning. Lunch is a peanut butter sandwich and banana/apple/orange/whatever fruit child will eat. My siblings and I had this menu served at home until we grew up and left home. Dad worked, Mom was a stay-at-home Mama. Four honor roll students, none ever were arrested or suspended from school. We were in church every Sunday morning and all of us still live, work, and raise our kids right here in Escambia County.

  29. No Excuses on July 20th, 2018 1:23 pm

    The article plainly states that free and reduced meals are available to all students who qualify. So, if your child’s school isn’t on the list, fill out the application for free or reduced meals and turn it in. Problem solved, no favoritism.

    Everybody has to complain about something!

  30. Megan on July 20th, 2018 12:13 pm

    I think the bigger picture here is not who isn’t on the list, but who is? That means there are enough children at each of these schools living in poverty to have the school qualify. That is far too many students living in poverty.

  31. SOUTHERNER on July 20th, 2018 11:56 am

    Socialism has come a long way in America. This isn’t free. After a while there may be so many people riding the socialism wagon that there are not enough to pull it.

  32. FRANKIE PETERS on July 20th, 2018 11:40 am


  33. mg on July 20th, 2018 11:28 am

    I don’t think it is right that some schools are excluded. It should be all the schools or none of the schools. Who do we contact about that.

  34. Squeak on July 20th, 2018 11:17 am

    Why is Washington on this list. Seems that a great number of the students there live in cordova park or areas off spanish trail. Really in the higher income area of Pensacola

  35. Randy on July 20th, 2018 11:08 am

    yes why not Tate ? to be honest I went to Tate without breakfast or any lunch money when i was a kid. I would eat anything other kids would not eat on their plates until i got made fun of and it was so bad I didn’t even go in any more…… step parents can be so cruel

  36. Tate and Ransom on July 20th, 2018 9:51 am

    Why not Tate or Ransom?

  37. JJ on July 20th, 2018 9:43 am

    Yes, why not Ransom and Tate? My child is coming from Jim Allen this year. I don’t understand? The feeder schools to Tate and Ransom qualify for free but not Ransom and Tate.

  38. Kathi Iannone on July 20th, 2018 9:33 am

    This is great but let’s not waste food either. If a child knows they do not like an item they should not have to get it then throw it away!

  39. Shannon on July 20th, 2018 9:19 am

    I believe that Ransom and Tate should be included as well. Why have all the surrounding schools included and leave them out. The price of everything goes up, but our paychecks stay the same. There are families in need at those schools as well.

  40. Lou on July 20th, 2018 9:11 am

    Should be all or none!

  41. 429SCJ on July 20th, 2018 8:55 am

    If we can afford to feed foreigners and outsiders, we can afford to feed our own.

  42. Phil on July 20th, 2018 8:39 am

    There is no such thing as a free lunch

  43. Freda Whaley on July 20th, 2018 7:54 am

    When I think of all the paperwork and time saved for those that have to track and verify those forms each year….. Kids all get to eat…. it’s a win win. But feel all schools should do.

  44. W.W. on July 20th, 2018 7:12 am

    Nothing is free. Someone is paying…… usually.. It’s those who benefit the least from the word “free”

  45. S Taylor on July 20th, 2018 6:08 am

    Why is this only in area where there are non-white majority students? The economy is up with jobs available to any who want one so why is this being done? Who is paying for it? What happens to the food if it’s not eaten? Why are Tate students left out? Financially speaking many students at Tate qualify and they get hungry too. If this is a distribution of tax moneys it should be all schools or none. If it’s done on a racial per centage basis it should not be tax funded

  46. .. on July 20th, 2018 5:59 am

    Why AK Suter not listed?? Sounds like favoritism.

  47. .. on July 20th, 2018 2:33 am

    Of course Tates not there. I think all schools should participate.

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