Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1)) to provide an alternative to household applications for free and reduced price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in high poverty areas.  This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

Required Reporting for ALL SFAs (except RCCIs), due no later than April 15, 2014

School Food Authorities (SFAs) interested in participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for one or more schools must submit the following two (2) documents to the Office of Child Nutrition via fax at 601-354-7595 or email (preferred) to, no later than June 30, 2014. Contact the School Support Help Desk (at 601-576-4955) for questions concerning this provision or the required documentation.

NOTE: CEP applicants will receive notification of approval/denial from MDE-OCN via email within 30 days of receipt of your CEP worksheet and form. If documentation is received prior to the June 30th deadline, we will provide notification within 30 days of the due date. Incomplete documentation will delay the processing of your application.  

CEP information for interested School Food Authorities (SFAs):

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.

The CEP Reimbursement Estimator allows SFAs/schools that are considering the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to calculate the estimated federal reimbursement they will receive as to assess the financial viability of their school meal program under CEP.

For CEP questions concerning:

  • Child Nutrition Program, contact the MDE-OCN Help Desk at 601-576-4955
  • Title I, contact the MDE Office of Federal Programs at 601-359-3499.
  • E-Rate, contact the MDE Office of Information Systems at 601-359-2837.
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