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Food and Nutrition

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NCHE Resources

Access to Food for Homeless and Highly Mobile Students
This brief, part of NCHE's Best Practices in Interagency Collaboration series is designed for state and local child nutrition program administrators, cafeteria managers, State Coordinators for Homeless Education, and local homeless education liaisons. It explains the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Child Nutrition Division (CND) policies regarding eligibility for free school meals for certain homeless, migrant, runaway, and foster students; addresses frequently asked questions about implementing these policies; and offers tools to ensure that these students can access food both inside and outside of school.
Download Access to Food for Homeless and Highly Mobile Students.


Sample Forms, Materials, and Policies

The District School Board of Collier County (FL): 2008-2009 Family Application for Meal Benefits
Collier County Public Schools (Naples/Marco Island/Immokalee, FL) uses this form as its school meal benefits application forms; it includes a box to check and next steps to take for homeless, migrant, or runaway students.
Download the Parent Letter and Meal Application Instructions in English.
Download the application in English | Haitian-Creole | Spanish.

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