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.
Current List of Approved CEP Sponsors (updated 10/3/2018)
Below are some resources to help you determine whether CEP may be a good option for your school.
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