Free Meals for Day Treatment Center Students

Positive Education Program (PEP) is providing free meals to students who attend its Day Treatment Centers thanks to a grant from No Kid Hungry, a national campaign run by Share Our Strength. This grant, along with reimbursement from the Ohio Department of Education, allows PEP to ship shelf-stable lunches to students who attend PEP’s Day Treatment Centers. The meals were supplied by the Children’s Hunger Alliance, a nonprofit based in Columbus.


Frequently Asked Questions


How many meals will we receive?

PEP will mail one package per student, per week, for up to 10 weeks. Each package will contain five meals. PEP reserves the right to change quantities at any time, for any purpose, including due to funding or supply shortages.


What do the meals contain?

The meals contain a protein, grain and fruit and/or vegetable. Milk may not be included due to supply shortages. The meals may contain peanut butter if no other source of protein is available. We will make every effort to provide students with known allergies to tree nuts a substitute product, but that cannot be guaranteed. Please read all labeling carefully before providing the items to your child.


What if we don’t want/need the meals?

You may opt-out of the program by emailing our Food Service Administrator, Juanita Villanueva, at or by letting any member of your teaching/treatment team know. If you have additional questions about the program, please email our Food Service Administrator.


What about substitutions?

The meals may contain peanut butter. However, for students who are on file with PEP as having a known peanut allergy, every effort will be made to substitute another protein, such as SunButter. Please read all labeling carefully before providing the meals to your child. Unfortunately, no other substitutions are available at this time.


What if we did not receive our lunches?

Shipping will begin the week of April 27. If you do not receive your first package  by May 4th, please email Please know that due to limited quantities, we may not be able to accommodate all lost or misdirected packages.