AHPS Students Will Again Have Free Access to Healthy School Meals

AHPS Students Will Again Have Free Access to Healthy School Meals
Posted on 07/02/2024

Student Cambria Burks recently enjoyed a delicious lunch at Sharon Elementary School. Cambria will enter the fifth grade this fall and she will join all Alleghany Highlands Public Schools Division students in being eligible for free access to healthy school meals under the federal Community Eligibility Provision. Enrolled students will be provided a nutritious meal for breakfast and lunch each day at no charge to the household. 


AHPS Students Will Again Have Free Access to Healthy School Meals

LOW MOOR — All students enrolled in Alleghany Highlands Public Schools in the 2024-2025 school year will receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch free of charge under the federal Community Eligibility Provision.

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows schools participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture meals program to offer free breakfast and lunch. Authorized as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, CEP became available to eligible schools nationwide in 2014. 

This is the third consecutive year that all schools in the Alleghany Highlands Public Schools Division qualify for CEP. Eligibility is based on overall income levels of students’ households as a group.   

Enrolled students will be provided a nutritious meal for breakfast and lunch each day at no charge to the household. Households will not be required to submit an application form for a student to receive meals at no charge.

“We are very pleased to share this exciting news with our community because  CEP eligibility will enable us to continue to provide nutritious breakfasts and lunches to all of our students free of charge. We know that many families are struggling with the economy, and CEP eligibility will help put a little extra money in their pockets for needs that they have. Plus, we get the added benefit of knowing our students will be fueled up by these nutritious meals and ready to learn,” said Debra Buckner, division food service supervisor for Alleghany Highlands Public Schools.

Each student household in AHPS will receive a letter informing parents about the CEP program as the school division gets ready for the start of school. 

“We are very pleased that our school nutrition staff is able to offer this opportunity to our students. Not every school division in the Commonwealth is qualified for this program, and we are thankful to our nutrition staff for their hard work in planning for and preparing the meals,” said AHPS leaders Kim Halterman and Melinda Snead-Johnson.

Alleghany Highlands Public Schools will open for the 2024-2025 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2024.   


In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille,large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form- 0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

2. fax:

(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

3. email:

[email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


The Alleghany Highlands Public Schools Division was created on July 1, 2022, through the merger of Alleghany County Public Schools, Covington City Public Schools, and Jackson River Technical Center. The school division serves approximately 2,700 students and it is jointly funded by Alleghany County and the City of Covington. 


AHPS news and events are regularly updated on Facebook at AHPublicSchools and  Instagram at ahpublicschools. Information is also available at www.ahps.k12.va.us.



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