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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 PROCESS UPDATE for 2021-2022

The Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Program (ODE CNP) will conduct the 2021-2022 CEP process differently than in years past.   ODE CNP is taking a more streamlined approach to data collection in an effort to reduce the burden on school/school districts. 

The streamlined approach will consist of program Sponsors submitting primary source documents to ODE CNP.  The state agency will conduct the matching process and return a file to the Sponsor for review and final validation.  A link to detailed step by step instructions are linked below under "Getting Started with CEP".


CEP Program Operation Information

Current List of Approved CEP Sponsors

Current List of Approved CEP Sites

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.

  • Sponsors Eligible for CEP in School Year 2021-22 (Available on April 15)
  • Schools Eligible for CEP in School Year 2021-22 (Available on May 1)



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 ode.schoolnutrition@state.or.us 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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