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Community Eligibility Program

Community Eligibility Program 2021-11-08T10:08:10-07:00


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).


Eligibility Notice

DC Upload Student Template

CEP Eligibility Notice SY 2013-2014

CEP Eligibility Notice SY 2014-2015

CEP Eligibility Notice SY 2015-2016

CEP Eligibility Notice SY 2016-2017

CEP Eligibility Notice SY 2017-2018

CEP Eligibility Notice SY 2018-2019

CEP Eligibility Notice SY 2019-2020

CEP Eligibility Notice SY 2020-2021

CEP Eligibility Notice SY 2021-2022



SY 21 CEP Provision 2 Training & Guidance

USDA – CEP Estimator Tool

USDA Community Eligibility Program Q&A Memorandum

Annual Notification of CEP Eligibiliy Memo SY21-22

NMPED CEP Guidelines SY21-22

Direct Cert – Match List SY21-22

USDA – CEP Deadlines Notification of Nationwide Waiver SY 21-22


USDA Community Eligibility Program Guidance Memo

USDA Community Eligibility Program Notification

Page last updated November 8, 2021