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2023-2024 School Meals Applications 

As young people head back to school this fall, some families will need to complete a school meals application to ensure their child receives breakfast and lunch at no cost.

Many school divisions in Virginia participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which allows eligible schools to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to students, without families needing to submit a school meals application. But unfortunately, not all schools are eligible to adopt CEP. Virginia has 40 school divisions that have no CEP opportunities, or CEP opportunities at a limited number of schools. In these divisions, families whose kids attend non-CEP eligible schools will need to submit a school meals application.

Our partners at No Kid Hungry Virginia wrote a very informative blog and developed a helpful resource for families to use and quickly find their child’s school meals application link. Families only need to fill out the school meals application to determine the cost of their child’s school meals if they see their local school division on the list linked above.

You should fill out your school division’s form even if you’re not sure whether you qualify for free meals. It may qualify your family for additional benefits, like discounted exam fees and college applications, extracurriculars, scholarship opportunities, and even home wifi. Filling out the form can also help your child’s school receive additional classroom resources that will support all students’ education.

Medicaid Unwinding

Medicaid and FAMIS have been valuable lifelines for kids during the pandemic. As pandemic coverage protections end, 146,452 of Virginia’s kids are at risk of becoming uninsured. Read more about the high stakes for children when the Medicaid continuous coverage protection expires in the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families 2023 Annual State Enrollment Report.

Virginia began reviewing Medicaid members’ health coverage beginning in March 2023. They will not cancel or reduce coverage for members without reaching out for updated information, but they need your help to make this a smooth process. You can take steps now to make sure you receive information you will need to renew your coverage.

What Medicaid members can do now:

Update your contact information. You can make updates:

Review the Renewal Calendar:

  • Two months before your renewal is due, you will receive a letter telling you what action is required. These letters contain important information on actions you may need to take to keep your health coverage.
  • You can use this calendar to determine when you will receive your notice to renew your Medicaid coverage.
  • If you don’t know your renewal date, you can call your local Department of Social Services or Cover Virginia.