Sumter County Schools: Special Assistance Alternative Community Eligibility Provision 

Published 11:19 am Thursday, August 13, 2020

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Release from Sumter County Schools Director of School Nutrition dated August 10


By participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and eliminating the need for meal applications, The Sumter County Schools will reduce administrative and printing costs.  Families also benefit from the elimination of completing and submitting meal applications.

Children need healthy meals to learn.  The Sumter County Schools offer healthy meals every school day at no charge to your child(ren). Our food service receives support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The following schools will be participating in this alternative provision and provide meals at no charge to children:

  • Sumter County Primary School
  • Sumter County Elementary School
  • Sumter County Intermediate School
  • Americus Sumter Ninth Grade Academy
  • The Americus Sumter High School

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