Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides the option to offer free meals to all students in eligible high poverty Local Education Agencies (LEA) and schools without collecting household applications. Eligible LEAs and schools use a claiming percentage based on the number of identified students (primarily directly certified students) of at least 40%, multiplied by a factor of 1.6, to determine a free claiming percentage. The difference between the free claiming percentage and 100% determines the percentage of meals to claim in the paid category.
Provided below is information to help determine if CEP is a good option for your LEA.
- CEP Application Process (Web Instructions)
- Community Eligibility Provision: Guidance and Q&As - USDA Memo SP 21-2014v2
- Extension of the Deadline for Local Educational Agencies to Submit Applications to Elect the Community Eligibility Provision - USDA Memo SP 50-2014
- Joint CEP Letter
- CEP Presentation
- Supporting and Promoting the Community Eligibility Provision Brochure
- CEP Notification and Data Requirements
- CEP Evaluation
- SP-10-2015: Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs
- Media Release
- Sample Letter to Households for CEP
- Traditional vs CEP Comparison
This is a tool to assist in determining if CEP is beneficial for you based on monthly reimbursement.
- CEP Federal Reimbursement Estimator:
This is a tool to assist in determining whether the CEP is right for you based on your monthly reimbursement.
- Eligible and Potentially Eligible LEAs for CEP
- CEP Participants - Daily Meal Count Form
- SP-08-2015: Updated E-Rate Guidance for Schools Electing Community Eligibility