Beginning with the fall school term, every student enrolled in the Council Bluffs Community School District will get free breakfast and free lunch.
The entire school district now qualifies for the Community Eligibility Provision, the USDA-funded program that allows students to eat free.
That could save families as much as $700 per year at the elementary school level and up to $900 a year at the high school level.
A state of Iowa decision implemented in March 2018 to accept certain classifications of Medicaid enrollees as automatically qualified for free lunches caused the number of students eligible to soar even though there was no significant drop in the local economy. The additional students who qualified allowed the district to extend the CEP to all of its schools.
Expansion of the free-breakfast, free-lunch program to all students with no additional cost to the school district is good news.