• 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. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is implementing the Community Eligibility Provision Program.

    Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE):

    The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides the option to offer free meals to all students in eligible high poverty Local Education Agencies (LEA) and schools without collecting household applications.

    Information below developed by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    • Click Here (Video)-Is CEP a Good Fit for my School?
    • Click Here for the CEP Facts Sheet

    Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS) has been operating the CEP Program since the 2014-15 school year. CEP Program has allowed all SLPS school students to eat free.

    For additional information about the Community Eligibility Provision Program, contact the Food and Nutrition Services Department at 314-345-4519 or 314-345-2308.

    Link for the video      https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/food-nutrition-services/community-eligibility-provision-cep