Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Elections Procedures

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Child Nutrition
Regulatory Authority
§§ 7 CFR 245; Section 11 (a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Act (42 USC 1759a); § 7 CFR 210, 220; Section 104(z) of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; Public Law 111-296; USDA Memo SP 26-2016; SP 19-2016; SP 14-2016; SP 54-2016; SP 61-2016, SP 20-2017
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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Principals

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The purpose of this memo is to provide procedures for election to participate and information on funding regarding the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).  CEP provides schools with an alternative method for counting and claiming student meals in high poverty local educational agencies (LEAs).  Schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and a School Breakfast Program (SBP) for the 2017-2018 school year.  LEAs electing to participate in CEP agree to serve all students lunches AND breakfasts at no charge for four (4) successive school years.

Procedures to Participate:


LEAs that wish to participate in CEP for the 2017-2018 school year, shall:


Email the following to


  1. Completed SY2017-18 CEP “Election to Participate” form. For information regarding CEP and the requirements to participate, refer to Commissioner’s Memos CNU-17-040. Information regarding percentage of Identified Students as reported by LEAs/schools as of April 3, 2017, is available on the Child Nutrition website under “Special Provisions”.
  2.  Documentation of approval by the school board to elect to participate. 

The deadline to elect to participate in CEP for SY2017-2018 is June 30, 2017.

LEAs/schools approved by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Child Nutrition Unit (CNU) to participate in CEP will be notified by letter, including a SY2017-2018 Community Eligibility Provision Addendum to the Child Nutrition Agreement and Policy Statement.  ADE CNU must have a signed CEP Addendum to the Agreement and Policy Statement on file before an LEA, school or group of schools may begin the Provision.


For NSL funding information refer to Commissioner’s Memo FIN-15-101.

For additional information on Title I and E-Rate for schools electing CEP refer to the “Community Eligibility Provision Planning and Implementation Guidance” (September 2016) at:



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