The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is one way in which a school or group of schools can provide students with access to universal free school meals. To learn more about CEP and to compare it with two other options for providing universal free school meals, Provision 2 and non-pricing, check out this resource: Providing Universal Free School Meals.
To ensure widespread and effective adoption of CEP in your state, you can:
- Spread the word - community eligibility is a relatively new program and many key decision makers may be unaware of the program and its benefits. Send a letter to the editor, use social media or encourage your governor or state agency officials to publicize CEP.
- Identify eligible schools - states are required to post lists of eligible schools and districts on their websites. Use this searchable database to find eligible schools in your state.
- Encourage eligible schools to participate - work with relevant decision makers, such as administrators, school board members, school food service staff and others.
Schools that implement CEP quickly become advocates for it; it’s an effective way to increase breakfast participation. Check out this guide targeted at advocates to promote community eligibility and learn how to get involved as a CEP advocate.