The U.S Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released its annual notice regarding the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The memo details guidance on CEP and publication requirements, and provides information on the USDA-developed reporting template.
The memo also serves as a reminder that state agencies have a statutory June 30 election deadline for local educational agencies (LEAs) to elect the Community Elegibility Provision (CEP). By May 1 of each year, state agencies must publish lists of eligible and near-eligible LEAs and schools on their state agency websites. The memo goes on to outline the data collections and levels required to complete the notification process, as well as various deadlines for different requirements. State agencies are reminded to distribute this memorandum and attachment to program operators immediately.