Community Eligibility Provision

CEP enables schools to use federal funding to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP simplifies administrative processes, reduces labor costs, and improves efficiency by eliminating free and reduced-price meal applications, which can be confusing for families and burdensome for schools.

CEP also increases student participation by removing stigma, maximizes federal reimbursements, and makes it easier to implement innovative service models. Community eligibility is a win for everyone—administrators, students, families, and school nutrition staff.

Find program specifics, strategies and additional resources at the links below.

Hunger Solutions New York works with school and government leaders, and organizations statewide to help expand the implementation of CEP. We:

  • Help schools one-on-one to understand and maximize the impact of CEP.
  • Connect schools with community partners and programs to maximize the impact of CEP.
  • Analyze participation in CEP, research and disseminate provision policy updates, track participation trends, and gather best practices.


Provision Basics

Learn more about how the provision works in schools.

Qualifying for CEP

Learn more about who qualifies to participate in CEP.

Making the Finances Work

To make the best decision about CEP, it is important for schools to fully understand the financial implications.

Why Community Eligibility Matters

CEP is a powerful tool that fights hunger in schools.

Maximizing CEP

Once free breakfast is available to all students, CEP schools can make it more accessible by incorporating it into the school day.

Additional Resources

Resources on best practices for implementation, frequently asked questions, and comprehensive guidance for eliminating school applications

2017 NYS Anti-Hunger Conference


Hunger Solutions New York is a caring and informed voice for hungry New Yorkers. We believe no one should ever wonder where their next meal is coming from.