Don’t Forget: Breakfast And Lunch Are Free At 45 Escambia Schools

August 12, 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 NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Comments

32 Responses to “Don’t Forget: Breakfast And Lunch Are Free At 45 Escambia Schools”

  1. James Broel on August 15th, 2018 12:14 pm

    Chris, right on! I agree with you!

  2. chris on August 14th, 2018 11:23 pm

    Dependence on government has never been bigger.
    Deficit has never been higher 21 trillion current .. 220 trillion over next 30 years..
    on and on
    You ready to give up your medicare and other programs?
    Turn off Fox News and research it.
    Giving kids food is a drop in the bucket

  3. Make America Great on August 14th, 2018 11:04 pm

    If my tax dollars are used to free feed a bunch of inmates (all of whom should be on a chain gang) then without a doubt feed the kids! I am self employed paying at least 33% tax. This is the only meal some kids get.

  4. Grand Locust on August 14th, 2018 2:15 pm

    As a Republican capitalist small business owner, I do not fear socialism. I fear inefficient and corrupt government. The defense budget is nearing a trillion dollars and I am more concerned about corruption with defense contractors than I am feeding children who will run businesses in the private sector and who will be doctors and nurses who care for my sick old butt. Educated children have made the American private enterprise second to none. I also share Chris’s concern that there is an arrogance and hubris that socialism is ok in Military spending, but not ok in training a workforce in our schools who will make America second to none. If you are going to talk socialism, start with the VA system. In that regard I agree with Diane that ” it is never okay to covet or steal from other people in any form,” yet why can’t veterans go to regular health care like the rest of the nation? Why is there a separate health care system? It is the most socialistic program in America, and people want to worry about free lunches in local schools. Hypocrisy speaks for itself.

  5. SOUTHERNER on August 14th, 2018 10:07 am

    Do you want freedom or free stuff?!

  6. mom on August 14th, 2018 10:01 am

    Right on Diane> But I feel that we have a society of no turning back. Promoting Capitalism is what has been left out in the school systems. Now they have been propagandized to a socialistic society. Brainwashed….

  7. mom on August 14th, 2018 9:55 am

    Be proud to be able to say, “I struggled, but I learned by God’s help, how to make it on my own.” Take pride in being self sufficient. Learn how to budget.

  8. mom on August 14th, 2018 9:52 am

    I just don’t get it!! I raised my children on my own without ANY government help. No free lunches or breakfast or WIC OR free shots. I could have easily qualified. I homeschooled and bought my own curriculum for 12 years for two children. No one paid my bills. We struggled but we learned how to budget, budget, budget. Nothing is free in this country. Taxpayers taxes WILL go up. There aught to be a law that says if you use the system, YOU pay, if you don’t use the system, you don’t have to pay. Think of all the taxes I have paid for 30 years here in Molino for public schools., and did not use a bit of the services. People are just lazy and want a new car or high dollar phone (which, by the way, Obama says you can have that free too). Mom can put grits in a slow cooker for all night and it be ready in the morning. Come on people.

  9. Lou on August 14th, 2018 9:38 am

    Reads like discrimination to me….it should be the same for All schools!

  10. 429SCJ on August 14th, 2018 8:07 am

    No nothing is free; but where we choose to disburse our tax dollar is an exercise of free will. We will profit nothing, by having hungry kids in our classrooms.

    If you want to complain, complain about unregulated immigration and fool’s errand, open ended, foreign military campaigns.

  11. chris on August 14th, 2018 12:47 am

    all these people on here talking big about voluntary charity and all
    How many govt programs are you on?
    In Pensacola all the military retirees s*cking off the govt t*t are some of the cheapest most selfish people I ever met.
    Do not act like you did me a favor by serving..
    You served .. Ok , you made the decision.

  12. chris on August 14th, 2018 12:37 am

    Good. Make it free for all at every school.
    chop chop

  13. Reality Check on August 13th, 2018 6:06 pm

    Matthew 25:40-45 New International Version (NIV)

    40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    Words to live by.

  14. James Broel on August 13th, 2018 5:18 pm

    Diane I believe we need control in our lives because we as humans don’t always make the best decisions. Just look at who was elected in office of the President in 2016. There are not nearly enough opportunities for people in the USA. The rich get richer and the poor get squeezed out. If my tax money I pays in to a socialist system to help feed those less fortunate I am happy to do so. I grew up very poor. I am glad we have programs to help the less fortunate. Social security and Medicare and Medicaid are all beneficial socialist programs. I don’t see it as stealing. It’s more about having compassion and a heart for those less fortunate. (Typo earlier.)

  15. Jakes on August 13th, 2018 5:17 pm

    Diane I believe we need control in our lives because we as humans don’t always make the best decisions. Just look at who was elected in office of the President in 2016. There are not nearly enough opportunities for people in the USA. The rich get richer and the poor get squeezed out. If my tax money I pays in to a socialist system to help feed those less fortunate I am happy to do so. I grew up very poor. I am glad we have programs to help the less fortunate. Social security and Medicare and Medicaid are all beneficial socialist programs. I don’t see it as stealing. It’s more about having compassion and a heart for those less fortunate.

  16. Sandy on August 13th, 2018 1:28 am

    Everyone gets mad about free lunch. No one complains that the children go to school for free. Ride the school bus for free. It’s all tax money. If people want free lunch just apply at the school your child attends for free.

  17. Diane on August 12th, 2018 9:24 pm

    @Taxpayer: Voluntary, private charity is wonderful and I encourage you to help these children. Mandatory charity is THEFT, and will never ends well for any society because it is tyranny.

    Don’t succumb to the bleeding heart pleas of socialists and communists. They want a citizenry that is 100% totally dependent on government because that gives them total control over every aspect of your life (which is the opposite of freedom).

  18. Nick on August 12th, 2018 9:02 pm

    Yes Diane pure socialism is not a solution. Be aware there are productive social market economies in Europe and Canada. I hope one day we can have the best of both worlds too. Nothing wrong with looking to the future and improving the average Americans lives, and like other western countries we can find a balance.

  19. Taxpayer on August 12th, 2018 8:24 pm

    Of all my wasted tax dollars, I am more than glad to give a child a meal every day. Needed or not. To know that an across the board plan might keep one child from being hungry, even for a little while, is the best plan Escambia County has ever had. I wish all schools could give every child a lunch for free.

  20. Old Guy on August 12th, 2018 8:24 pm

    I think, and I could be wrong, that the schools have to have a certain percentage of students who qualify for free/reduced meals in order to be able to make both these available to all students.

    Joe, you can apply for reduced meals for your daughters through the school district ’s website.

    I will also say that teaching kids who have been fed is much easier than teaching hungry kids.

  21. Diane on August 12th, 2018 8:06 pm

    @James: James, it is never okay to covet or steal from other people in any form, including redistribution of wealth by government; yet that is exactly what socialism is. It promotes class envy, strife and division. That is why it always fails and always will.

    Think about it this way: who will run out of pie first? Socialists, who treat the economy as a pie, or, capitalists who view the economy as a bakery. All is fine and dandy with socialism until they run out of other people’s money or producers who quit producing because they don’t like being ripped off. Then, voila, we have the old Soviet Union and modern day Venezuela. We need to pray that our country abandons this lunacy and return to its roots.

  22. James Broel on August 12th, 2018 4:50 pm

    Personally I’d like to thank the county for helping feed iyr students in school. It’s nice money can go to help those in need. If you do not need helobe thankful. Diane we already do have socialism in place now. Everyone can’t be as lucky as you are with privilege.

  23. Tina Hurd on August 12th, 2018 3:03 pm

    Why not do it for all schools. Not fair to the schools it’s not getting it.

  24. Diane on August 12th, 2018 3:00 pm

    It is a sad state of affairs when parents don’t assume responsibility for feeding their own children, and rely on the government to provide for what is a parental responsibility. What next, dinner too? How about some overnight accommodations?

    What we should be learning from this is that expanding socialism (stealing from taxpayers to pay for what other people’s needs) is that the more we have to depend on Government for basic needs, the less individual freedom we have.
    Programs like this threaten all of us. We don’t want to end up like Venezuela where everyone is starving.

    Feed your own children or ASK for help from charities. Don’t force others to pay taxes to feed YOUR children.

  25. Sr on August 12th, 2018 2:25 pm

    As with last year, West Tech and Tate are not included in the list…

  26. James Broel on August 12th, 2018 2:24 pm

    Joe you should consider applying for reduced cost lunches at Tate given your situation. A reduced cost lunch is still cheaper than the outright cost. Don’t sue.

  27. Nick on August 12th, 2018 12:50 pm

    This is great to hear, I am very much in favor of the children of this county receiving the free lunch’s. For one it encourages kids to go to school and parents to send there kids for a good education. If we could I would find a way to subsidize university cost as well just to encourage a more informed and educated society.

  28. Grand Locust on August 12th, 2018 11:38 am

    After my father died when I was ten and my mother struggled to take care of my brother and myself, those school lunches were a life line. They were what sustained me for about five years. As a taxpayer now, I will gladly pay to make sure students are not hungry while trying to learn. It also was obvious that when I was a kid the cafeteria folks took pride in preparing tasty healthy food, which was not necessarily something I was getting at home during the tough years.

  29. Phil on August 12th, 2018 10:17 am

    There is no such thing as a free lunch!

  30. area resident on August 12th, 2018 8:07 am

    Nothing is free!

  31. Joe on August 12th, 2018 7:50 am

    This still really upsets me. Why can they give free lunches to all these schools and leave out Tate and Ransom? I feel like this is unfair to students and parents in the Tate and Ransom school zones. I have two daughters in Tate. A single father with one income. Get no child support from my ex. But I make just over the amount to qualify for free lunches. But I’m sure there are some families in those other schools districts that make way more than I do. And their children get free lunches. How is this right? Just cause my children go to Tate. I’m contacting a lawyer about it. Should be a class action lawsuit here.

  32. Don’t forget! on August 12th, 2018 2:53 am

    Don’t forget that Tate and Ransom are not included!





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