Identified Student Percentage (ISP) Management: Increasing & Maximizing Your District's ISP

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Increasing your Identified Student Percentage (ISP) can be one of the most effective ways to boost your school nutrition budget revenue because the percent of meals reimbursed at the free rate equals your ISP multiplied by 1.6. This resource explains several options to help you raise your ISP by capturing every eligible student in your district and leveraging grouping to expand the reach of Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and reimbursement to your district. Strategies include increasing your ISP through direct certification improvements, working better with school social workers and liaisons, and SNAP outreach. The resource also explains how grouping can maximize reimbursement and school participation in CEP and provides links to free online tools to assist with developing optimal grouping scenarios.