𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗘𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 (𝗖𝗘𝗣) 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮-𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿
Nationwide waivers have allowed school districts to provide free meals to all students since March 2020. Without further congressional action, schools must now prepare to revert back to standard operations of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) [https://hungersolutionsny.org/federal-nutrition-programs/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision-cep/] is a federal provision that allows high-poverty schools to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. This option increases school meal participation by removing stigma, maximizes federal reimbursements, reduces administrative paperwork, and eliminates unpaid school meal debt. Prior to the pandemic, over 60% of NYS schools operated CEP.
𝗖𝗘𝗣 𝟭𝟬𝟭: 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝗔𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗰𝘀
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) may be a strategic way to continue to offer free school meals in absence of federal waivers for the 2022-2023 school year. While planning for the upcoming school year, we encourage schools to take a fresh look at CEP.
The deadline to apply for the 2022-2023 school year is June 30, 2022. The CEP application can be found in NYSED’s CEP memo: http://www.cn.nysed.gov/content.
Learn more about how CEP works from Hunger Solutions New York’s new factsheet: https://hungersolutionsny.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/CEP-Factsheet-4_28_22.pdf
𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗖𝗘𝗣: 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄
• 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗿 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: Direct certification helps determine which schools are eligible for CEP and what percentage of meals will be reimbursed at the free rate. This Direct Certification Tip Sheet [https://hungersolutionsny.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Direct-Certification-strategies-1_7_22.pdf] is a resource that can help ensure all directly-certified students are captured to accurately assess the financial viability of CEP and maximize reimbursements under CEP.
• 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗹𝗹: Beyond CEP, there are two additional options for providing universal free school meals. This resource [http://bestpractices.nokidhungry.org/sites/default/files/providing-universal-free-school-meals_0.pdf] compares CEP, Provision 2, and non-pricing to help you evaluate what option might work best for your district.
• 𝗥𝗮𝗺𝗽 𝘂𝗽 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀/𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝘀: Schools using federal provisions — like CEP and Provision 2 — to offer free meals to all students are also required to collect household income data for state-based education funding and other benefits. This toolkit [https://hungersolutionsny.org/federal-nutrition-programs/school-meals/school-meal-application-toolkit] provides resources to help you communicate the importance of completing F/RP applications and encouraging families to submit them.
• 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗲-𝗼𝗻-𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲: Hunger Solutions New York seeks to be a resource to you as you determine which program is best for your school district.
𝗪𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽!
Hunger Solutions New York [hungersolutionsny.org] and No Kid Hungry [https://www.nokidhungry.org] are here to help as you navigate the CEP application and renewal process. Please feel free to email Jessica.PinoGoodspeed@HungerSolutionsNY.org for individualized assistance on CEP. Here are just a few of the ways that we can help:
• Assist with financial analysis,
• Write emails or talking points for school administrators,
• Connect you with other CEP districts in the area,
• Assess potential impacts on Title I, state education funding, and ESSA, etc.
We are here to support you however we can, and look forward to working with you on CEP now or in the future.
𝗖𝗘𝗣 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗲𝘁: https://hungersolutionsny.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/CEP-Factsheet-4_28_22.pdf
𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗖𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗶𝗽 𝗦𝗵𝗲𝗲𝘁: https://hungersolutionsny.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Direct-Certification-strategies-1_7_22.pdf
𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗼𝗼𝗹𝗸𝗶𝘁: https://hungersolutionsny.org/federal-nutrition-programs/school-meals/school-meal-application-toolkit