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Community Eligibility Program

Community Eligibility Program 2018-01-10T14:04:05+00:00


The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).



USDA Community Eligibility Program Q&A Memorandum

NMPED CEP Guidelines SY17-18


USDA Community Eligibility Program Guidance Memo

USDA Community Eligibility Program Notification

Annual Notification of CEP Eligibility List 2016-2017

CEP District-Lea Matched Data April 1 2017


Page last updated January 10, 2018