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 during regular National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program operations.
Households with a child approved to receive free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year are eligible for the Federal Communication Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit. EBB is a federal program to help eligible families pay for internet service during the pandemic.
Community Eligibility Provision Deadlines in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
FNS is establishing a targeted waiver, for all states and local educational agencies, to extend statutory and regulatory deadlines relating to Community Eligibility Provision reporting and election during the public health emergency due to COVID–19.
The purpose of this memorandum is to revise guidance on the use of school and census data to establish area eligibility in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the At-Risk Afterschool component of CACFP, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Seamless Summer Option of the National School Lunch Program.
Community Eligibility Provision Planning & Implementation Guidance consolidates existing CEP guidance, policy, and best practices from the local level. Additionally, the guidance includes new information codified in the final rule, National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.
The Community Eligibility Provision is a meal service option for local educational agencies and schools in high-poverty areas. CEP allows participating LEAs and schools to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without the burden of collecting household applications.