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.
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)
CEP Election Due Date: June 30, 2021
Sponsors that are interested in pursuing CEP must complete the steps outlined in the CEP Data Collection Instruction for 2021-2022.