Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a 4-year reimbursement option for eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools participating in both the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) that wish to offer free school meals to all children in high poverty schools without collecting household applications.

Current schools on CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) program 2018-2019:

Columbus Elementary, Badger Elementary, Horizons Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary. The list may also include McKinley Elementary, Johnston Elementary, and Wilson Middle School.

Benefits of CEP

  • Lunches and breakfast are served free to all students in participating schools
  • No household applications for free and reduced price meals are collected (unless the individual school requests forms for items like school fees and grants.)
  • No verification of free and reduced applications is required
  • Potential for increased meal participation rates, especially breakfast
  • Simplifies the counting and claiming process by not having to track free, reduced and paid students