Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for Schools
Starting with the school year 2014-2015 Iowa schools have had a new reimbursement option for the National School Lunch Program: Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). CEP schools use data of student numbers that qualify for free meals by direct certification or categorical eligibility instead of income applications.
CEP 2020 Notification of Qualified SFAs - The LEAs listed on this table qualify or nearly qualify for Community Eligibility Provision based on the school-reported data.
CEP 2020 Qualified Schools - The schools listed on this table qualify or nearly qualify for community Eligibility Provision based on school-reported data.
CEP Schools in Iowa 2019-2020 - Schools in Iowa participating in the Community Eligibility Provision
Community Eligibility Provision Resource Center - Extensive resources for parents, teachers, and school officials at the local, state, and Federal level to better understand CEP and its positive benefits, along with useful tools to help facilitate successful implementation of the provision in your school.
Community Eligibility Guidance - Describes the necessary levels to qualify and how to handle the data gaps created without Meal Eligibility applications.
Decision Tree for CEP - A step by step process to see if CEP is right for your building(s).
The CEP Monthly Federal Reimbursement Estimator is located on the USDA's Community Eligibility Provision Resource Center webpage. On the webpage scroll down to the heading "Is CEP Financially Viable for your School/SFA?" and click on the CEP Monthly Federal Reimbursement Estimator link to open an Excel file. The estimator tool helps a school/SFA determine if CEP is financially viable for the school based on the monthly reimbursement.
Household Survey Templates - The following are examples of documents that can be provided to families to gather the economic data needed for non-food service programs in the district.
Household Survey Evaluation Key - This chart is not for distribution but allows the LEA staff person processing the returned surveys into a full waiver and partial waiver categories for non-food service program and reporting use.
Parent Letter - Example of letter sent to parents at registration time describing the change in application/survey.
For additional information see the USDA site on Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).