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Child Nutrition

Meal Benefits

Child Nutrition Services (CNS) participates in two Federal Programs that provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the Lafayette Parish School System. 


Which LPSS schools require parents to apply for free or reduced meal benefits (Non-CEP)?

  • Financial assistance for purchasing student meals is available to all students enrolled in LPSS.
  • Students attending LPSS that are NOT enrolled at a CEP school may qualify for free or reduced-price meal benefits.
  • The on-line meal benefit application, MySchoolApps, is recommended because it is faster, more accurate, and totally confidential.
  • The traditional meal benefit paper application is provided for every student at the start of school if applying on line is not an option.
  • Only one application is needed per family.
  • A free or reduced-price meal status is used for other government-funded programs and can qualify families for waivers or fee reductions for school/ academic activities and home internet access.
  • Students transferring from a CEP school to a Non-CEP school or schools that no longer qualify for the CEP program* will have a prior year free meal status for the first 30 operating days of the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Prior year meal status will expire on SEPTEMBER 23, 2022.
  • Please refer parents/ guardians to the CNS website, the LPSS Student Handbook, or the Meal Benefits Coordinator, for more information on meal benefits.

Non-CEP Schools

Broadmoor Elementary School
David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy
Early College Academy
Edgar Martin Middle School*
Ernest Gallet Elementary*
E. J. Sam Accelerated School of Lafayette
Green T. Lindon Elementary School*
J. Wallace James Elementary School*
L.J. Alleman Middle School*
L. Leo Judice Elementary*
Lafayette High School
Martial F. Billeaud Elementary School
Milton Elementary/Middle School
Myrtle Place Elementary*
Southside High School
Youngsville Middle School

Questions and concerns regarding eligibility for either type of Meal Benefit Program can be directed to the Meal Benefits Coordinator at 337-521-7375 or

Traditional Meal Benefit Applications

Online applications are encouraged and available at

Which LPSS schools automatically provide Meal Benefits to all students via CEP?

  • Based on current Federal guidelines for eligibility, CEP will be available at 29 LPSS School Sites for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Students enrolled at these sites are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch meals at no charge.
  • A letter to households will be distributed to students in lieu of the traditional meal benefit application.
  • The Meal Benefit Application Form is not needed for students attending CEP schools.
  • Please refer parents/ guardians to the CNS website, the LPSS Student Handbook, or the Meal Benefits Coordinator, for more information on meal benefits.
  • Although, meals to students enrolled in CEP schools are free, student meal account balances from other schools are rolled over each year as the student progresses to the next grade levels; this explains why students attending CEP schools may have a negative meal account balance.

CEP Schools 

Acadian Middle School 
Acadiana High School 
Alice Boucher Elementary School
Broussard Middle School  
Charles Burke Elementary School
Carencro Heights Elementary School
Carencro Middle School 
Carencro High School 
Katharine Drexel Elementary School
Duson Elementary School
Evangeline Elementary School 
J. W. Faulk Elementary School
Judice Middle School 
Lafayette Middle School 
Lerosen Preparatory School
Live Oak Elementary School 
Cpl. Michael Middlebrook Elementary School
S. J. Montgomery Elementary School
Northside High School 
Ossun Elementary School 
Ovey Comeaux High School      
Paul Breaux Middle School 
Prairie Elementary School 
Dr. Raphael Baranco Elementary School
Ridge Elementary School 
Scott Middle School  
Truman Early Childhood Education Center
Westside Elementary School  
Woodvale Elementary School

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