Community Eligibility Provision is a new, innovative provision that allows high need schools to serve free meals to all students while alleviating the administrative burden to collect paper applications. Community eligibility allows for a healthier student body and healthier school meal budget. Below are just a few of the advantages. Community eligibility will:
Additional Resources can be found in USDA's CEP Resource Center.
To be eligible, LEAs and/or schools must:
Identified students are students who are approved as eligible for free meals and who are not subject to verification. This includes students directly certified for free school meals through participation in:
LEAs are approved for operation at the beginning of each school year. Schools must participate in the application process that takes place the previous spring:
For more information on how to participate in CEP contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-338-6480.
Last Updated: June 25, 2021
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