USDA and the Food Research and Action Center have developed community eligibility resources on best practices for implementation, frequently asked questions, and guidance on accessing funding sources.
USDA Implementation Guidance:
- USDA Community Eligibility Provision Resource Center The Resource Center houses all of the information stakeholders need to know about how to adopt and implement community eligibility.
- USDA Community Eligibility Provision Planning and Implementation Manual (pdf) A comprehensive guide for schools implementing community eligibility, this report provides details on claiming and reporting procedures, impact of community eligibility on other school nutrition programs, and factors to consider before implementation.
- USDA Community Eligibility Provision Guidance and Updated Q&As (pdf) Find answers to common questions regarding program requirements, school and district eligibility, counting and claiming procedures, and other federal programs.
Implications for Eliminating School Meal Applications:
- The Community Eligibility Provision: Alternative School Meal Applications (pdf) This brief discusses options for community eligibility schools that collect low-income student data for state and local funding sources in the absence of the free and reduced-price meal applications.
- U.S. Department of Education Title I Guidance for Community Eligibility Schools (Revised April 2015) This detailed guide provides instructions on how to ensure an equitable distribution of Title 1 among districts with community eligibility schools and non-community eligibility schools.
- Summary of Implications of Community Eligibility for Title I: This report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlines how to identify low-income students in CEP schools for Title 1 purposes.
- Federal Communications Commission E-Rate Guidance for Community Eligibility Schools (pdf) This guidance provides clarity about how community eligibility schools are able to use their identified student percentages multiplied by 1.6 to determine funding for communications through E-Rate.
- Summary of State Education Funding Policies (pdf) updated May 2016 – FRAC and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities compiled a list of education funding policies states have developed to accommodate community eligibility schools that no longer have access to individual school meal application data.
- Food Research & Action Center Community Eligibility website: CEP policy guidance, and information on the implications of eliminating school meal applications.