The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is an innovative meal program for schools and school districts in low-income areas. A key provision of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA, Public Law 111-296; December 13, 2010), CEP makes it easier for high need schools to serve free meals – both breakfast and lunch – to all students by removing the need for schools to collect paper applications.
Access to free nutritious meals for all students, no stigma, and less time spent in cashier lines and more time to eat nutritious meals.
No household application means less paperwork and no worries about lunch account.
Streamlined meal service operation and more time for students to consume their food.
Reduced paperwork and administrative costs, no need to track unpaid meal charges, improved program integrity, and more nourished students.