Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

What is CEP:

  • The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act provides schools, which predominately served areas of high economic need, an option for meal certification under the Community Eligibility Provision. Under this provision:

    • Qualifying schools are allowed to serve breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students in that building without having to collect and process individual meal applications

    • Under CEP, individual students do not have eligibility status, the school has the CEP designation based on the number of students directly certified  

Which Schools:

Elementary Schools:
Arthur, Cleveland, Garfield, Grant, Grant Wood, Harrison, Hiawatha, Hoover, Johnson, Kenwood, Nixon, Taylor, Van Buren, Wright  

Secondary Schools:
Franklin, Jefferson, McKinley, Metro, Polk AEC, Roosevelt, Wilson

How does CEP work:

  • All enrolled students receive one breakfast and one lunch daily at no cost during school year.

  • Families do not need to complete a Free and Reduced Applicationfor meal eligibility

  • Families not directly certified through the State or on a family application will need to complete the Educational Benefit Survey to determine eligibility (based on income) for Title I and School Fee Waivers  

Student Transfers:

CEP to Non-CEP School because the building has the CEP designation:

If a student transfers from a CEP school to a non-CEP school, they may need to complete a Free and Reduced Application.  

Non-CEP to CEP School

If a student transfers from a non-CEP to a CEP school, they may or may not need to complete the Educational Benefit Survey.      

What is not covered by CEP:

  • Adult meals· Siblings in non-CEP buildings

  • Extra milk, second entrée, second meal, or ala carte · Preschool snacks

Students with meal account balances:

Students with negative balances will remain the responsibility of the family.

Students with positive balances can be used for extra milk, ala carte or can remain on the account for future use.  Money can be transferred to siblings in non-CEP schools.

Where does money come from:

Federal funds through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.