The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in low income areas instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced-price meals. The CEP allows schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer all students free, nutritious school meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The CEP uses information from other programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) instead of traditional paper applications.



2024 Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Annual Notification of Local Educational Agencies (LEA)

2024 Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Annual Notification of Schools



Community Eligibility Provision Information

Community Eligibility Calculator

Community Eligibility Provision: Planning and Implementation Guidance - Updated

Community Eligibility Provision: Implementing the New Minimum Identified Student Percentage

Updated Title I Guidance for Making Within District Allocations

The CEP monthly federal reimbursement estimator tool may be used to estimate the level of federal reimbursement a CEP school, group of schools, or school district would receive under CEP.