Helping Kids Eat: Community Eligibility Provision

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a powerful program created to support schools in providing free breakfast and lunch to kids that need it most. AAFB is playing a role in helping schools take advantage of CEP by identifying qualified schools, and providing information, encouragement and technical assistance on how to apply. Contact our Children/Youth Outreach Manager Monique Cordova at 602-528-3434 or for more information. Application documents (see below) for the SY2019-20 CEP application cycle must be submitted on, or before Firday June 28, 2019. Thank you to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) for their direction with the stages below.


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Community Eligibility Provision – How to apply.

To apply for participation in CEP, the following documents should be completed and submitted to the ADE.
The School Year 2019-20 application period is open through Friday June 28, 2019.
  1. CEP Participation Form Edit the form to reflect the LEA legal name in paragraph 1. An authorized signer must sign and date the form.
  2. Free and Reduced Price Policy (FRPP) This is a semi-permanent document that outlines your policies and procedures for serving free and/or reduced price meals. Fill in the grey areas of the form and all sections requesting written information. It must be updated and submitted to ADE as part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) application to outline the counting and claiming policy and operational procedures in place for site(s) operating regular School Nutrition Programs or any Provisions. Reminders: In Section C. For CEP sites, indicate Direct Certification will be conducted no less than one time annually on or around April 1; in Section Q. ensure the CEP media release is sent to ADE along with the completed policy statement. The FRPP document must be signed by an authorized signer. Scanned documents are acceptable.
  3. Addendum-Community Eligibility Provision This is a semi-permanent document that outlines policies and procedures for sites operating the CEP. Fill in the grey areas of the form. The addendum must be updated and submitted to ADE as part of the CEP application.
  4. CEP Eligibility Worksheet Enter the identified student information reflective of April 1 of the school year prior to CEP implementation for each applying site. Please ensure the type of participation is indicated by entering the information in the correct tab(s) (i.e. individual site(s), group or groups of sites, or districtwide). Remember, LEAs with only 1 site total should enter the identified student information on the “districtwide” tab. Additionally, all sites in the district must be listed with their specific identified student counts and enrollment if the entire district is applying for the CEP.
CEP Annual Notification of LEA and School Level Eligibility for SY2019-20 

CEP Monthly Federal Reimbursement Estimator (Excel)

Intro To Community Eligibility Provision Webinar 
Presented on 5/16/17, this webinar covers Basics of the Community Eligibility Provision, what benefits it can bring for a school, information for how to apply and questions answered from ADE.  You will also hear from Eddie Cruz with Peach Springs Unified School District as he discusses the impacts CEP has had on his school.  


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Additional CEP Resources to Use and Share:

Arizona Department of Education/Health and Nutrition Services:  Arizona specific information and application materials can be found here.

Food Research & Action Center CEP tools

USDA Community Eligibility Provision Resource Center 

USDA 2017 Webinar: Overview and Timeline SY2017-18

U.S. Department of Education Title I Guidance for Community Eligibility Schools