• Community Eligibility Provision Program


    The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA), implemented by President Obama in 2010, was created in response to two major problems affecting millions of children in the United States—childhood obesity and child hunger. The HHFKA has provided new guidelines for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs with the goal of improving child nutrition.

    Saint Louis Public Schools has been operating the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) under a revised meal service policy since the 2014-15 school year. The Community Eligibility Provision

    Program has allowed all SLPS school students to eat a free breakfast and lunch without having to complete Family Application for Meal Benefits.


    • Lunches and breakfasts are served free to all students.
    • No household applications for free and reduced price meals are collected or certified.
    • No certification means no verification is required.

    For additional information about the Community Eligibility Provision and the SLPS Department of Food and Nutrition Services, please contact Althea Albert-Santiago, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at 314-345-4519 or Tenecia Williams, Accountability Specialist at (314)345-2308 and Erika Hollinshed, Catering Specialist at 314-331-6115. You can also visit www.slps.org >> Parents & Students >> Food and Nutrition Services for more information.

    Click Here for the CEP Facts Sheet