Resource | Policy Memos | SP20- 2017
Eligibility

This memorandum details guidance on the annual Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) notification and publication requirements and provides information on the USDA-developed reporting template.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP61-2016
Fall 2016 Edition: Community Eligibility Provision: Planning and Implementation Guidance

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Planning & Implementation Guidance consolidates existing CEP guidance, policy, and best practices from the local level. Additionally, the guidance includes new information codified in the final rule, National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program

Resource | Policy Memos | SP15-2016
CEP State Agency Procedures to Ensure Identified Student Percentage Accuracy

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), as authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA), 42 USC 1759a(a)(1)(F), is a proven and successful approach to ensuring that children in low income communities have access to healthy school meals.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP35-2015
Updated Title I Guidance for Schools Electing Community Eligibility

One important goal of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) is to ensure that children have access to the nutrition they need to grow into healthy adults.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP10 CACFP04 SFSP03-2015
Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on the use of school and census data to establish area eligibility in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). In addition, this memorandum consolidates previous guidance and simplifies the area eligibility determination process to reduce administrative burden on State agencies and Program operators.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP08-2015
Updated E-Rate Guidance for Schools Electing Community Eligibility

This memorandum notifies State agencies and local program operators of recently updated rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the calculation of discount rates under the E-Rate program for schools electing the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

Resource | Policy Memos | SP04-2009
Reminder Concerning E-Rate Audits by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

We were asked by the FCC to issue a reminder about cooperating with contractors auditing school districts’ receipt of funds under the FCC’s E-Rate fund.  Auditing for the current cycle is scheduled to begin in December, 2008. Please refer to Policy Memorandum 29-2008 dated July 8, 2008,  for specific information. We were also asked to clarify the sentence “Auditors cannot verify the accuracy of the [local educational agency’s] LEA’s determinations and cannot contact the household.” FCC auditors do not have the authority to conduct verification of applications for free/reduced price school meals. Therefore, FCC auditors cannot contact households or other sources (such as assistance agencies or employers) to confirm the information on the application. However, auditors may:
• Ensure the information on the application was accurately processed; i.e., that the income and the number of persons in the household were totaled correctly and that the appropriate Income Eligibility Guideline was used;
• Confirm that the children listed on rosters as eligible for free or reduced price meals have approved applications on file; and
• Confirm that the number of children used for statistical purposes is based on approved applications.

Any discrepancies in these areas must be brought to the attention of the LEA. We ask that state agencies immediately convey this information to local agencies. If local agencies have any questions about FCC audits, they should contact their state agency.