Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) – National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program –North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Child Nutrition Services Fact Sheet: What is CEP (Community Eligibility Provision)?
Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended the National School Lunch Act to provide an alternative to household eligibility applications for free and reduced price meals in high poverty local educational agencies (LEAs) (or districts) and schools. The overall purpose of the CEP is to improve access to nutritious meals for students in high poverty areas by providing meals to all students “at no cost” to the students.
- How do we qualify to participate in CEP?
School eligibility is based on the number of “identified” students*. Identified students are:
- (1) Directly certified or
- (2) Categorically eligible for free meal benefits.
*Certified for free meal benefits using methods other than free and reduced-price meal application. This information is kept under strict confidentiality.
- What are the advantages for you, your child and our school?
- ALL students receive a no-cost breakfast and lunch.Eliminates overt identification issues for students.
- Improves nutrition to students a risk. Potential for attendance rate and test score improvement.
- Reduces paperwork at the school district level.
- Simplifies meal counting and claiming.
- Provides potential labor savings.
- Increases Breakfast and Lunch participation.
If you have any questions please feel free to address them to our School Nutrition Administrator Mrs. Morrison-Jordan.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.