Published: 1/9/2017 11:09 AM

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 
CEP Edit Check Worksheet
CEP Calculator
CEP Breakfast Meal Count Roster 
CEP Alternate Meal Counting and Claiming Requirements
CEP Eligibility Criteria and Pre-Implementation Steps
CEP Intent to Participate Form for Public Schools
CEP Intent to Participate for Private Schools
CEP Timeline of Events
CEP Media Release 
CEP Letter to the Household

CEP Template Board Presentation
April Direct Certification Data Reporting - Quick Reference 
USDA CEP Planning and Implementation Guidance
USDA CEP website 

CEP Training and Recorded Webinars
CEP Training Series

Part 1: Understanding the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) in the NSLP
Part 2: April 1st Reporting and Best Practices for Recordkeeping
Part 3: Community Eligibility - Is It a Good Fit for My Program

CEP Additional Information Recording   

CEP Policy Updates
Guidance and Updated Q&As-SP 45-2015 

State Implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision
CEP Participants for SY 2015-2016

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

E-Rate Guidance

Annual Notification Requirement (SP 32-2014)

Site CEP Eligibility SY 2015-16
Site CEP Eligibility SY 2016-17


Provision 2

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.

Valerie Crouch
Office of Finance and Operations
Division of School and Community Nutrition
500 Mero Street, 23rd Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-5625
Fax (502) 564-5519