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Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) gives eligible sponsors and schools with high percentages of low-income children the option to offer school meals at no charge to all children in those schools without collecting applications. Under this provision, eligible sponsors and schools elect to provide meals to all students and are reimbursed by the federal government through a formula using the percentage of identified students that is, students certified for free school meals without an application due to their enrollment in designated assistance programs, multiplied by a factor of 1.6.

Below are some resources to help you determine whether CEP may be a good option for your school.

CEP Training

Visit the SNP training center to view available trainings on this topic.

CEP Sponsor Eligibility

Eligibility Notification

Notification data is for informational purposes and does not confer eligibility. Proxy data are not fully reflective of the total number of identified students.

Eligibility Tools

Resources for Oregon Sponsors

Household Income Survey

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