In an effort to reduce paperwork at the local level, Congress has incorporated into Section 11(a)(1) of the National School Lunch Act three alternative provisions to the normal requirements for annual determinations of eligibility for free and reduced price school meals and daily meal counts by type (free, reduced price and paid meals) at the point of service.
Community Eligibility Provision
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meals, relying instead on information from other means-tested programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Kentucky utilizes an alternative Income form called the Household Income Form that is collected by FRAM coordinators. Click here
for FRAM Coordinator information.
CEP Tools and Resources for Implementation
SFAs approved for participation in the CEP can utilize the following resources to assist with program success.
Interested in Becoming a CEP Sponsor
SFAs that are interested in the CEP program may utilize the following tools and resources to aid in making an informed decision regarding CEP participation.
USDA Guidance, Resources and Policy Updates
The USDA CEP Resource Center provides extensive resources for parents, teachers, and school officials at the local, state, and Federal level to better understand CEP and its positive benefits, along with useful tools to help facilitate successful implementation of the provision in your school.
Title 1 and CEP: Guidance from the US Department of Education
Click here for the KDE Title 1 website, which provides guidance from the US Dept of Education on CEP and Title 1. All questions regarding Title 1 and CEP should be directed to your district's KDE Title 1 consultant.
E-Rate and CEP: Guidance from USDA
Annual Notification Requirement (SP 32-2014)
Site CEP Eligibility SY 2015-16
Site CEP Eligibility SY 2016-17
Provision 2 requires that the school serve meals to participating children at no charge but reduces application burdens to once every 4 years and simplifies meal counting and claiming procedures by allowing a school to receive meal reimbursement based on claiming percentages. Click here for the Provisions 2 Guidance.