Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Guidance and Resources

For more information on the operation of the National School Lunch Program and all the child nutrition programs, contact the state agency in your state that is responsible for the administration of the programs.

Resource | Technical Assistance
Community Eligibility Provision Status of School Districts and Schools by State

This map contains links to state-specific information on local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools that may be eligible to elect the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). LEAs interested in participating in CEP for one, some, or all of their schools should contact their state agency for additional guidance and procedures.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Community Eligibility Provision Resource Center

The CEP Resource Center provides 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!

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Unpaid Meal Charges

The goal of the school meal programs is to provide nutritious meals to children during the school day. Children may receive breakfast and lunch at no cost to them if they are categorically eligible for free meals or if they qualify for free meals based on federal poverty guidelines. Sometimes, however, children who do not qualify based on these standards would like a breakfast or lunch, but do not have money in their account or in-hand to cover the cost of the meal at the time of the meal service.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
CEP: Partial District Implementation

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is an administrative option for qualifying local educational agencies and schools with areas of low income that are participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. This technical assistance webinar highlights best practices for school districts electing CEP in some, but not all, of their schools.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Community Eligibility Provision: Direct Certification and Reporting

Youtube Video

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Community Eligibility Provision: Financial Considerations

CEP: Financial Considerations

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Community Eligibility Provision: Title I and E-rate
Resource | Webinars/Videos
Community Eligibility Basics: How CEP Can Transform Your Schools

youtube video