Community Eligibility Provision
Community Eligibility is a provision that helps schools and districts in high poverty communities meet eligibility to serve no-cost lunches and breakfasts to all their students. Interested schools and districts must apply for Community Eligibility through the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Child Nutrition. Call 1-800-808-6325 to ask questions.
School food authorities interested in participating in the Community Eligibility Provision or CEP (formerly Community Eligibility Option or CEO) for one or more schools must complete the participation form and eligibility worksheet (below) and submit them to the Office for Child Nutrition by August 31, 2014. Forms may be faxed to 614-752-7613.
LEAS that have elected to participate in CEP for at least one site must notify households of children attending the CEP school(s) of CEP participation in the 2014-2015 school year. LEAs may use this sample household letter to serve as the required notification.
This calculator tool allows schools that are considering the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to calculate their estimated federal reimbursement they will receive as to assess the financial viability of their school meal program under CEP.
Optional form for use by schools to collect household income to determine eligibility for various additional state and federal program benefits that your child(ren)’s school may qualify for other than the school meal programs.
This document explains the process for schools to determine the data to use in applying for discounts on services received under the E-rate program.
Below is a letter from the US Department of Education to describe the Title One money allocation process for schools opting the CEP.
Community Eligibility Provision Presentation
Community Eligibility Provision Question and Answers
Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon announced May 4, 2012 that the District of Columbia, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia were selected to use an innovative option to reduce administrative paperwork and costs, while making it easier for eligible children in low-income communities to receive free meals in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
Last Modified: 1/7/2015 11:01:15 AM