Dearborn Schools Offering Free Lunch, Breakfast To All Students

Dearborn Schools Offering Free Lunch, Breakfast To All Students

Dearborn Schools Offering Free Lunch, Breakfast To All Students

-All students except preschool now eligible for free meals under special federal guidelines

Dearborn Public Schools is expanding its free lunch programs to all students, regardless of family income.

The District was recently informed by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) that it was eligible to offer free meals across the district based on criteria in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school meals program.  Previously, free meals under CEP were offered to all kindergarten to 8th grade students at 14 schools in the district.   Free meals across the rest of the district started the week of September 10, 2018.

“Any time we can provide our students with resources that will help them be successful in school, such as a nutritious breakfast and or a healthy lunch, that’s a positive that we cannot pass up,” said Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.


Studies show that good health, including good nutrition is important to student success.


While students will not need money to buy meals, most schools will continue to offer individual items for sale in their cafeteria such as extra milk, snacks, or a second lunch.  Children would need money in hand or in their student account to buy those items.


The CEP program will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year.  Students who already paid for lunches will have that money refunded to their student accounts or might be eligible for a refund.   Any refund details are still being considered, and details will be shared with schools as soon as they are available.

Even with the expansion of the lunch program, the district will still ask families to fill out information about household income, although on a different form.  This information is needed for schools to be eligible for other programs, including federal Title 1 funding. Dearborn Public Schools received more than $12 million in such funding last year. Dearborn Schools will also have to occasionally survey selected families to see if the district still qualifies for CEP.


While not all of Dearborn’s schools qualify for CEP on their own, the district used a provision that allows it to average schools together to meet the threshold for all its 36 kindergarten through 12thgrade schools.  The program is not available to preschool students, so it will not be offered at Cotter School. (Students enrolled in the GSRP program at Cotter can qualify for free or reduced lunch under other federal programs.) Students will also be able to get free breakfasts in the buildings that offer the CEP program.  Across Michigan, 652 schools participate in CEP.


CEP was designed to allow schools or districts with a higher percentage of low-income families to streamline the free lunch process.  To qualify for the program, the area needs to have 40 percent of students automatically identified for free lunch. Typically, that means the family already receives some other type of assistance such as food stamps or Medicare.


The schools that were already enrolled in CEP include Becker Elementary, Henry Ford Elementary, Lowrey School, Maples Elementary, McCollough Elementary, McDonald Elementary, Miller Elementary, Oakman Elementary, River Oaks Elementary, Salina Elementary and Intermediate, Unis Middle, William Ford Elementary and Woodworth Middle.


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Important Upcoming Dates

Parents, we have some exciting events coming up!

Please take note of the event and date:

  • Book Fair – September 10th-13th (Monday-Thursday)
    • Preview Day is the 10th
    • Sale Days are the 11th-13th from Noon-4PM
  • Open House – Thursday, September 13th
  • 1/2 Day (school lets out at 11:45AM) – Friday, September 14th
  • Fall Picture Day – Thursday, September 27th
    • Retakes on Thursday, November 1st

Please contact the office at (313)827-6300 with any questions!

Please remember to continue calling in your child’s absences at our attendance line open 24 hours (313)827-6301

Welcome Back Lindbergh Flyers!

Only one more week until the first day of class! Everyone should be receiving a letter in the mail this week discussing start times, important dates and more.

Attached below is information on the Kindergarten and Young Fives soft start next week, and a list of dates when Kindergartners and Young Five students do not have school. Additionally, the letter that has been sent home for all other grades is also attached below.

As stated in the letter to families, class listings will be posted on Friday, August 24th at 3PM. Our PTA will be providing snacks and giving everyone the ability reconnect with old friends, and be given the chance to make some new ones!

Kindergarten Soft Start 18/19

Letter to Families 18/19

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