Community Eligibility Provision

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a new, innovative program that makes it easier for high-need schools to serve free meals to all students. The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 requires CEP to become a nationwide option for the 2014-15 school year. Currently, 11 states are piloting CEP opportunities. To determine if CEP is right for you, MDE has provided a flow chart “Decision Tree” document below titled, “Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Decision Tree.”

In order to participate, local education authorities and/or schools must meet a minimum level of identified students for free meals, agree to serve free lunches and breakfasts to all students; and agree to cover (with non-federal funds) any costs of providing free meals to all students above amounts provided in federal assistance. View more information on the Community Eligibility Provision.