The South Glens Falls Central School District is excited to announce that the district will be able to apply to be included in the recently expanded federal Universal Free Breakfast and Lunch Program.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture delivered a momentous announcement: It is extending the opportunity for approximately 3,000 more school districts to provide complimentary breakfast and lunch to all students. This expansion of the Community Eligibility Provision, known as CEP, will allow South Glens Falls to request inclusion among the districts eligible to apply for additional funding.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce universal breakfast and lunch for all our students. We have long advocated for the expansion of these vital services,” Superintendent Kristine Orr said. “The significance of free school meals cannot be overstated. Beyond ensuring that students have access to balanced and nutritious meals every school day, providing free meals to all students eradicates the stigma often associated with receiving assistance, has been shown to bolster school attendance, and enhances our students' ability to concentrate and excel academically.”

South Glens Falls will be able to apply for inclusion in the federal program on Oct. 1, 2023. Should our application be approved, the district will share additional information regarding the initiation of this program at SGF.

“I am elated that our district may soon be able to offer universal access to breakfast and lunch. The availability of nutritious meals at school can play a pivotal role in fostering healthy eating habits from a young age. Proper nutrition during childhood leaves a lasting imprint on health and cognitive development,” Food Services Manager Robert J. DeFrancisco said.