Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Community Eligibility Provision Resource Center

The CEP Resource Center provides extensive resources for parents, teachers, and school officials at the local, state, and federal level to better understand CEP and its positive benefits, along with useful tools to help facilitate successful implementation of the provision in your school!

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0052
Requirements for Students Transferring from Provision to non-Provision Schools

This memorandum reminds state and local program operators about a provision in the final rule effective on July 1, 2019, relating to free and reduced price eligibility for students transferring between LEAs during the school year.

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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Guidance and Resources

For more information on the operation of the National School Lunch Program and all the child nutrition programs, contact the state agency in your state that is responsible for the administration of the programs.

Resource | Technical Assistance
Community Eligibility Provision Status of School Districts and Schools by State

This map contains links to state-specific information on local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools that may be eligible to elect the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). LEAs interested in participating in CEP for one, some, or all of their schools should contact their state agency for additional guidance and procedures.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0027
CEP: Statutory Annual Notification and Publication Requirements and SY 2019-20 Election Deadline

This memorandum details guidance on the annual Community Eligibility Provision notification and publication requirements.

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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Unpaid Meal Charges

The goal of the school meal programs is to provide nutritious meals to children during the school day. Children may receive breakfast and lunch at no cost to them if they are categorically eligible for free meals or if they qualify for free meals based on federal poverty guidelines. Sometimes, however, children who do not qualify based on these standards would like a breakfast or lunch, but do not have money in their account or in-hand to cover the cost of the meal at the time of the meal service.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0009
Community Eligibility Provision: Annual Notification and Publication Requirements

This memorandum details guidance on the annual Community Eligibility Provision notification and publication requirements and provides information on the USDA-developed reporting template.

SP20- 2017
Resource | Webinars/Videos
CEP: Partial District Implementation

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is an administrative option for qualifying local educational agencies and schools with areas of low income that are participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. This technical assistance webinar highlights best practices for school districts electing CEP in some, but not all, of their schools.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0095
Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs

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.

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Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0070
Fall 2016 Edition: Community Eligibility Provision: Planning and Implementation Guidance

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.

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