Over the last two years, the Dyer County School System has been able to provide free, nutritious meals to our children due to temporary USDA waivers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of school meal programs across the country will return to normal (pre-pandemic) procedures for the 2022-2023 school year as the Covid-19 waivers expire on June 30, 2022. With these federal funds not being authorized to continue paying for school meals in the next school year, the Dyer County School System will return to the pre-pandemic payment system.
The Dyer County School System does not qualify for participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household free and reduced applications. Families in the Dyer County School System have the option to apply for the free and reduced lunch program by submitting a meal application. Meal application eligibility is determined by household gross income and household size.
Dyer County School Nutrition professionals are committed to providing our students with quality, nutritious and healthy meals in support of their academic success. Every effort is made to ensure that no student is hungry. A hungry child cannot learn.