Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and Title I, Part A
Community eligibility is an option available under United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child Nutrition Program that provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to schools in low income areas, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals.
CEP Impacts on Non-Child Nutrition State and Federal Programs
The districts electing to participate in this program need to understand how their decision impacts Title I, A Program, E-rate, and other state programs that use poverty data for allocation purposes.
Family Income Survey
Since schools participating in CEP are no longer required to collect the free and reduced price USDA applications for income data, we are providing a Family Income Survey, translated into multiple languages, for you to use in order to collect this data for other purposes. These surveys have been updated with 2018-19 USDA income guidelines. Without this income data, the loss of E-rate, Learning Assistance Program (LAP), and other state funding could be significant.
The following Q&A addresses issues surrounding the Child Nutrition Community Eligibility Program and its relationship with other federal and state administered programs and the state accountability system regarding poverty data.
Q & A — U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Eligibility Provision Impacts to Non-Child Nutrition Programs Regarding Poverty Data
This Q&A is part of the informational Memorandum 016-15M Title I, K–12 Financial Resources | Q&A — Attachment 1
Updated Guidance – Title I, Part A Community Eligibility Provision from the U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released updated guidance — The Community Eligibility Provision and Selected Requirements under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as Amended. The revised March 2015 guidance explains how state and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) can successfully implement the Title I, Part A requirements using school lunch program data that incorporate the new Community Eligibility Provision found in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The March 2015 guidance replaced the July 2014 version.
Other Community Eligibility Provision Resources