Title I, Part A - Improving Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

Title I, Part A and Community Eligibility Provision

Published: 10/9/2023 8:44 AM

​​​​An overview of the Community Eligibility Provision program and how it works with Title I, Part A.

​Title I, Part A and Community Eligibility Provision

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a meal service option for schools and school districts in low income areas. CEP was created through the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Act of 2010 (HHFKA, Public Law 111-296; December 13, 2010), and was phased in over the past several years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

CEP permits eligible schools to provide meal service to all students free of charge, regardless of economic status, while reducing the burden at the household and local levels by eliminating the need to obtain eligibility data from families through a separate collection.

For more information, see the U.S. Department of Education's guidance document, The ​Community Eligibility Provision and Selected Requirements Under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965​ as Amended in March 2015.

​Sharma Aitken
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of School and Program Improvement
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Frankfort, KY 40601
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