Increasing food access in high-poverty school districts: Mississippi’s implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision
November 30th, 2015
Access to healthy, nutritious food remains a challenge for many children living in high-poverty communities. Mississippi leads the nation in obesity (35.1%), food insecurity (28.7%) and child poverty (34.7%). Increasing food access in high-poverty communities is key to supporting strategies to reduce obesity. The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a universal meal program that provides free school meals, increases the availability of nutritious food in schools for children living in high-poverty communities.
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