Community Eligibility Provision: Statutory Annual Notification and Publication Requirements

Last Published: 03/20/2018

This memorandum details guidance on the annual Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) notification and publication requirements and provides information on the USDA-developed reporting template. This memorandum also reminds State agencies of the statutory June 30 election deadline for local educational agencies (LEAs) to elect CEP.

Regulations at 7 CFR 245.9(f)(6)(i) requires State agencies to annually notify LEAs of district-wide eligibility for CEP. Similarly, LEAs must annually submit school-level eligibility data to the State agency [7 CFR 245.9(f)(5)(i)-(iii)]. By May 1 of each year, State agencies must publish lists of eligible and near-eligible LEAs and schools on their State agency websites. State agencies also submit these lists to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for publication on FNS’ CEP website. The remainder of this memorandum provides detailed information to help State agencies fulfill the CEP notification and publication requirements.

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