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Community Eligibility Provision for Schools (CEP)


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.

The LEAs listed on this table qualify or nearly qualify for Community Eligibility Provision based on the Verification Collection Report. 
CEP 2016 Notification of Qualified SFAs

The schools listed on this table qualify or nearly qualify for community Eligibility Provision based on school-reported data.
CEP 2016 Notification of Qualified Schools

DE Community Eligibility Guidance - Describes the necessary levels to qualify and how to handle the data gaps created without Meal Eligibility applications.
Community Eligibility Guidance

Decision Tree for CEP – A step by step process to see if CEP is right for your building(s).
Decision Tree

Calculator – Fill in the yellow blocks with your usual numbers for a claim month to see the difference in reimbursement between the traditional and CEP method of claiming. Since many CEP buildings see an increase in the number of meals when they are offered at no charge, you can also include figures to include that in your calculations.  Some examples are included on the tabs behind the blank calculator.

Household Survey Template – Here are several 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 A 
Household Survey B 
Household Survey C

Household survey 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.
Household Survey B Evaluation Key 

Parent Letter - Example of letter sent to parents at registration time describing the change in application/survey.
(CEP) Parent Letter

For additional information see the USDA site on Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on June 26, 2016 at 10:39am.