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Special Provisions

The Special Provisions for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) gives eligible sponsors and schools with high percentages of eligible children the option to offer school meals at no charge to all children in those schools without collecting applications. Under these provisions, eligible sponsors and schools elect to provide meals to all students and are reimbursed by the federal government.
Below are resources to help you determine whether Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 may be a good option for your school.

School Nutrition Program (SNP) Training

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

Rather than collecting school meal applications to make individual eligibility determinations, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students who are normally certified for free school meals without an application, such as students who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Foster, Migrant Education, or McKinney-Vento eligible students.

CEP Program Operation Information

Current List of Approved CEP Sponsors (Coming Soon)

Current List of Approved CEP Sites (Coming Soon)

End of Cycle Notification: These Schools are in the last year of their approved CEP agreement.   A new CEP Application will be required to continue CEP.

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.

Provision 2

Provision 2 allows school(s) to serve meals to participating children at no charge, reduces application burdens to once every 4 years, and simplifies meal counting and claiming procedures by allowing a school to receive meal reimbursement based on base year claiming percentages.

Sponsors must submit a completed Provision 2 amended Free and Reduced Policy Agreement to for approval.  Sponsors will distribute base year parent notification letters and collect Confidential Family Application for Free and Reduced Meals.​​

  • ​Provision 2 Amended Free and Reduced Policy Agreement
  • Base Year Parent Notification Letters
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