January 20, 2016—All students attending Cohoes elementary schools can eat breakfast and lunch for free through a Community Eligibility Program through the federal government.
Students must choose from the items available on the daily menu to receive a complete nutritional meal for free. Also, snacks and other a la carte items are not included in the program.
“Our students cannot learn if they are hungry,” said Superintendent Jennifer Spring. “This program allows our children to nourish their bodies so they are ready to learn and succeed in school.”
The elementary schools qualified for Community Eligibility with at least 40 percent of students directly certified, such as being identified through the School Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The program has been ongoing since last fall, and runs through the 2018-19 school year. The district plans to analyze student need and reapply for qualification at that time.