The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in low income areas, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals.
The CEP allows schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious school meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The CEP uses information from other programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) instead of traditional paper applications.
Regulations and Policy
- Proposed Rule: NSLP and SBP - Eliminating Applications Through Community Eligibility as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
- Letter from Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, and Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan - highlighting the benefits of participating in CEP and how it interacts with Title I funding requirement
- Department of Education Title 1 Guidance (SP19-2014)
- Community Eligibility Provision: Guidance and Q&As (SP21-2014v2)
- Community Eligibility Provision: Annual Notification and Publication Requirements (SP32-2014)
- Extension of the Deadline for Local Educational Agencies to Submit Applications to Elect the Community Eligibility Provision (SP50-2014)
- Eligibility Status of School Districts and Schools by State
- Community Eligibility Provision Presentation
- Community Eligibility Provision Evaluation
- Estimator (.xls): a tool to assist in determining whether the CEP is right for you based on your monthly reimbursement
- E-rate Guidance: current E-Rate Guidance from the Federal Communications Commission