Seventeen more Escambia schools to offer free meals

July 12, 2017

Escambia County School District has announced continued participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) which provides students in eligible schools breakfast and lunch at no charge. ECSD also announced the addition of 17 new sites (new schools are in bold script) for the 2017-2018 school year.

Schools participating in this program include:

Elementary Schools:  Bellview Elementary, Bratt Elementary, Brentwood Elementary, C.A. Weis Elementary, Ensley Elementary, Ferry Pass Elementary, Global Learning Academy, Holm Elementary, Jim Allen Elementary, Lincoln Park Elementary, Lipscomb Elementary, Longleaf Elementary, McArthur Elementary, Molino Park Elementary, Montclair Elementary, Myrtle Grove Elementary, Navy Point Elementary, Oakcrest Elementary, Pine Meadow Elementary,  Pleasant Grove Elementary, Scenic Heights Elementary, O.J. Semmes Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, Warrington Elementary, and West Pensacola Elementary

Middle Schools:  Bellview Middle, Ernest Ward Middle, Ferry Pass Middle, Jim Bailey Middle, Warrington Middle, Woodham Middle, and Workman Middle

High Schools:  Escambia High School, Northview High School, Pensacola High School, Pine Forest High School, Booker T.Washington High School

Special Centers:  Camelot, Lakeview Center, Judy Andrews, McMillian PreK Center, and Escambia Westgate Center

Alternative Education/Charters:  Byrneville Charter, Capstone, Escambia Charter, and Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy

Vocational School:  George Stone Technical (Phoenix Initiative Program)

Families with students attending other ECSD schools are encouraged to apply for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Applications will be sent home or parents and guardians to complete and return to their student’s school.

For additional information about ECSD’s participation in CEP, please contact: Escambia County School District, Attention: Jaleena Davis, Director, Food Services, 30 East Texar Drive, Pensacola, FL 32503 850-469-5633,

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  • Bill McBride July 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Amelia Hart, I truly hope you are never in a position where you can’t afford to send your kids to school without lunch.

  • Ames July 14, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I have my budget challenges, some which are self imposed of course. But I am truly challenged to absorb the depth of this information about access to housing in the US. This country is crumbling away right in our communities. I ask again, when the least advantaged are gone, then who’s on bottom?
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  • Ames July 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm

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  • Bill McBride July 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Kids who go to school hungry don’t learn as well, that’s reality. There is widespread poverty in this country that’s not easy to see. There ought to be a way to subsidize the kids whose families really are poor without stigmatizing those kids. Sort of like we do with Medicaid. As minimum wages remain stuck at low levels, income inequality will continue to grow. We need to face facts, a growing segment of our population is being left behind and better education is one of the tools to get out of this trap.

  • amelia hart July 13, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Some may view my comment as heartless, but how can a “parent” really consider themselves a “parent” if they can’t provide their child the most basic necessity…food.

    If a parent can’t feed their child, shouldn’t DCF get involved?

    Is it really a bridge too far to ask a parent to pack an apple and p&j sandwich for their child?

    Should the government assume the most basic obligation of parenthood for over 62% of the students in Escambia County?

    See this PNJ story that inaccurately mislabels the government paying for a parent’s children’s’ food for “hunger”.