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Community Eligibility Provision: Annual Notification and Publication Requirements

Last Published: 04/16/2014

This memorandum provides guidance on the annual notification process under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

To promote and disseminate information about the CEP, State agencies are required to notify Local Educational Agencies (LEA) and schools of eligibility for CEP and provide the procedures for interested and eligible LEAs to participate. Lists of LEAs and schools receiving notifications must be published on State agency websites and submitted to Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for publication by May 1st of each year. State agencies must provide LEAs with districtwide eligibility information and collect school level information by April 15th of each year. This deadline is intended to provide State agencies adequate time to obtain necessary data for the May 1st publication deadline.

The remainder of this memorandum provides the detailed information required to complete the LEA and State level CEP eligibility status notification and publication process.

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