SDE: Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

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Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), the CEP provides an alternative approach for offering school meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in low-income areas, instead of collecting individual household applications for free and reduced-price meals. The CEP allows schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious school meals to all students through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). The CEP uses information from other programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Family Assistance (TFA), instead of traditional paper applications.

CEP Benefits
  • All students receive free lunches and breakfasts.
  • Household applications for free and reduced-price meals are eliminated.
  • No verification is required (districts still complete the annual Verification Collection Report).
  • Potential increase in participation for lunch and breakfast.

Requirements and Implementation
Eligible Districts and Schools
Application Forms
E-mail both documents to Donna Heins. For more information, see Operational Memorandum No. 19-15.

CONTACT:  Donna Heins at or 860-807-2082
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
Child Nutriton Programs
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504
Hartford, CT 06103-1841

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