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Community Eligibility Provision Operations during SY 2021-22 Q&A

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SP 18-2021
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DATE: July 22, 2021
SUBJECT: Community Eligibility Provision Operations during School Year 2021-22: Questions and Answers
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to state agencies and program operators that participate or intend to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) during regular National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program operations. The memorandum addresses the impact of nationwide waivers that the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has issued in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and how those waivers impact CEP requirements. Additional information on the FNS response to COVID-19 is available at:

FNS appreciates the exceptional efforts of state agencies and local program operators working to meet the nutritional needs of participants during this challenging time. State agencies are reminded to distribute this memorandum to program operators immediately.

Program operators should direct any questions concerning this guidance to their state agency. State agencies with questions should contact the appropriate FNS regional office.

Angela M. Kline
Policy and Program Development Division


Page updated: April 28, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.