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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.

Current List of Approved CEP Sponsors (updated 10/3/2018)  

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.

2018-2019 CEP Annual Notification of Schools (potential eligibility for 2019-20)
2017-18 Statewide Lunch Counts - To be used in financial calculators
2016-17 Statewide Breakfast Counts - To be used in financial calculators

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