All Hudson students are eligible to receive FREE school meals (breakfast and lunch), regardless of family income, through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
No application is required, however families should complete this Household Income Eligibility form and return it to the school to help us keep track of the District’s eligibility for this program. This form provides valuable data to the District and it provides a framework for the District to qualify for and take advantage of different programs based on the true demographics of our student population. To return a completed form or request a paper form, please contact:
Chris Diamantatos, School Lunch Director
Hudson City School District, District Office
215 Harry Howard Ave.
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518-828-4360, ext. 2105
Students will continue to have individual school meal accounts and will enter their Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to receive their FREE meals. If desired, parents/guardians may also prepay for additional entrees including sandwiches, salads, and yogurt parfaits, and/or other items such as ice cream, fruits, and beverages. Prepayments can be sent on a weekly or monthly basis. Checks should be made payable to HCSD Food Service.
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a successful federal program that allows schools in high-poverty areas to serve meals at no charge to help reduce hunger and streamline their school meal programs. Again, no student application is required.
“Community Eligibility is an exciting new opportunity for schools and states to create hunger-free environments for learning, and it is working. Higher participation in school meals means children can concentrate on their lessons and not on their empty bellies,” said Madeleine Levin, Senior Policy Analyst at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). “Particularly noteworthy is Community Eligibility’s ability to increase the number of children eating breakfast, an underutilized program that many schools are seeking to expand.”
Click here to explore the school-wide benefits of Community Eligibility.