CEP Program

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

What Does It Mean For Richmond County School District?

What is CEP?

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.

What does CEP do?

  • Allows schools and local education agencies (LEAs) located in low-income areas to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students
  • Eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meal programs.

Who benefits? Everyone! How…


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.

School Staff

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.

  • Allows schools/and or school districts located in low-income areas to provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost.
  • Eliminates the burden of families having to complete a household application to determine meal eligibility for students.
  • Students
    Will have access to free nutritious and delicious meals with no stereotype or stigma and less time is spent checking out for meal service.
  • Parents
    No stressing over lunch accounts and the chore of completing the household application.
  • School Staff
    More time for students to eat & enjoy their meals. Meal services are more streamlined.
  • Administrators
    Reduced paperwork, no hassles of unpaid meal charges and overhead costs. More students are nourished and ready to learn.
  • Schools and School Districts with a minimum Identified Student Percentage (40 % or more) in the prior school year.
  • Identified students = those certified for free meals without the use of household applications (for example those directly certified through SNAP).
  • A. Brian Merry Elementary School
  • Barton Chapel Elementary School
  • Bayvale Elementary School
  • Belair K-8 School
  • Blythe Elementary School
  • Copeland Elementary School
  • Deer Chase Elementary School
  • Diamond Lakes Elementary School
  • Garrett Elementary School
  • Glenn Hills Elementary School
  • Goshen Elementary School
  • Gracewood Elementary School
  • Hains Elementary School
  • Hephzibah Elementary School
  • Jamestown Elementary School
  • Lake Forest Hills Elementary School
  • Lamar-Milledge Elementary School
  • Mcbean Elementary School
  • Meadowbrook Elementary School
  • Monte Sano Elementary School
  • Richmond Hill K-8 School
  • Sue Reynolds Elementary School
  • Terrace Manor Elementary School
  • Tobacco Road Elementary School
  • W.S. Hornsby K-3 Elementary
  • Warren Road Elementary School
  • Wheeless Road Elementary School
  • Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School
  • Willis Foreman Elementary School
  • Glenn Hills Middle School
  • Hephzibah Middle School
  • Langford Middle School
  • Murphy Middle School
  • Pine Hill Middle School
  • Spirit Creek Middle School
  • Tutt Middle School
  • W.S. Hornsby 4-8
  • Academy of Richmond County
  • Butler High School
  • Cross Creek High School
  • Glenn Hills High School
  • Hephzibah High School
  • Lucy C. Laney High School
  • T. W. Josey High School
  • Westside High School
  • A. R. Johnson Health Science & Engineering Magnet School
  • Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School
  • Cyber Academy of Excellence
  • Innovation Academy
  • Intermediate Literacy and Math Center
  • Performance Learning Center
  • Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing
  • Sand Hills Program
  • Davidson
  • C.T. Walker
  • Freedom Park
  • Students at these school will continue to receive breakfast at no cost.
  • Lunch is based on eligibility determined by the free and reduced meal application.
  • Students who are approved for reduced price meals pay $0.40 per day for lunch.
  • Students who do not qualify for free or reduced price lunch pay $2.85 per day for lunch.
  • Authorized by the Congress as part of the Healthy, Hunger –Free Kids Act of 2010
  • Available nationwide beginning July 1, 2014.