Some Rockford residents question why the program isn't also being instituted in Rockford Public Schools.
Almost one hundred schools provide free and reduced lunches to their students in Illinois, and even though many students in Rockford live under poverty, District 205 has not yet offered the universal free meals.
The Federal initiative is known as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, provides students free breakfast and lunch regardless of income. To be able to participate in the CEP program, at least 40% of a school district's students must qualify as low-income to receive the free or reduced lunches.
According to statistics from the State, about 8-out-of-10 students in Rockford Public Schools are reported to be below the low income threshold.