Community Eligibility Provision
To participate, the Identified Student Percentage (ISP) for a site or group of sites must be at least 40 percent on April 1. The ISP equals the number of identified students in a site or group of sites, divided by the number of students enrolled in the site or group of sites, multiplied by 100. Enrolled students are those who have access to either breakfast or lunch at the site(s). Identified students are those who are certified for free meals in the following ways (other than a free/reduced-price application):
- Directly certified students.
- Foster students certified through means other than an Application for Educational Benefits.
- Homeless, migrant or runaway students.
- Head Start/Even Start/Early Start participants.
- Recipients of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).
School Food Authority (District) Proxy Data for the Community Eligibility Provision 2021-22
A list of SFAs with estimated identified student percentages for CEP.
Individual Site (School) Proxy Data for the Community Eligibility Provision 2021-22
A list of sites (schools) with estimated identified student percentages for CEP.
Overview and Applying to Participate
This document contains application instructions for those SFAs who wish to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision.
Community Eligibility Program Overview - 11/30/20
This video provides an overview of the basics of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). (18 minutes)
Community Eligibility Program Application Process - 11/30/20
This video outlines the application process for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). (17 minutes)
This document contains links to financial and grouping calculators available to SFAs who are looking into the option to participate in CEP.
Implementation Tools and Resources
Community Eligibility Program Implementation - 11/30/20
This video provides an overview of the steps required to effectively implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This will be most beneficial for those SFAs that are newly approved for CEP and those currently participating in CEP. (15 minutes)
Community Eligibility Provision Implementation Checklist
This checklist provides an outline of the implementation tasks related to the operation of the Community Eligibility Provision.
Point of Service and Edit Check Requirements
A summary of point of service and edit check procedures for SFAs participating in the Community Eligibility Provision.
Meal Count Form and Edit Check
SFAs participating in CEP or Provision 2 can use this form to record meal counts and to complete the required edit check.
This is a link to the MARSS Student Accounting webpage, which contains a link to the alternate application for educational benefits, the household letter, and income guidelines. This alternate application is to be used only by public/charter schools with all sites participating in CEP and public/charter schools participating in Provision 2 at all sites for both meal services in a non-base year.
Special Provisions Meal Count Form
A daily meal count form for SFAs operating a special provision.
Instructions for submitting a claim when participating in CEP.
End of Cycle Options
Checklist for Returning to Standard Counting and Claiming
This document provides information for SFAs that no longer qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or that no longer wish to participate in CEP. There are many factors to consider when transitioning back to standard counting and claiming. Use this document as a checklist to assist with this transition.