Why Community Eligibility Matters

CEP is a powerful way to fight hunger in schools with high percentages of low-income students.

In addition to helping make schools hunger-free, CEP increases the number of students participating in school meals by removing stigma, maximizes federal reimbursements, and makes it easier to implement innovative service models like Breakfast in the Classroom.

Community eligibility is a win for everyone—administrators, students, families, and school nutrition staff.

CEP infographic: This infographic is a visually engaging, easy-to-understand way to spread the word about CEP’s importance and benefits.

Benefits of Universal Free Meals:  Schools that offer all meals at no cost to students — known as universal school meals — help ensure students have the nutrition they need to learn all day long. Learn more about the benefits of offering universal school meals.