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National School Lunch Program - NSLP

Community Eligibility Provision

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 free, nutritious school meals to all students 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.

  • U.S. Department of Education CEP Guidance.pdf - Published January 2014
    • This guidance provides ED's interpretation of various statutory provisions and does not impose any requirements beyond those included in the ESEA and other applicable laws and regulations. It replaces guidance provided on Title I and Community Eligibility, most recently in July 2012, and does not create or confer any rights for or on any person.

  • USAC Erate CEP Letter 7-31-2012

Forms

USDA Memos

  • SP 19-2014 CEP: Department of Education Title I Guidance (January 31, 2014)
  • SP 21-2014 CEP: Guidance and Q & As (February 25, 2014)
  • SP 32-2014 CEP: Annual Nonfiction and Publication Requirements (April 01, 2014)

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