THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
Applications Due December 15, 2023, for 2023-2024 mid-year election
The New York State Education Department, Office of Child Nutrition, will host a webinar on October 16, 2023 from 1pm to 2pm to discuss the expansion of the Community Eligibility Provision.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has expanded access to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) by lowering the minimum identified student percentage (ISP) participation threshold from 40 percent to 25 percent. This federal change, combined with the CEP State Subsidy, will open a window of opportunity for many students across New York State to receive meals at no cost, while ensuring schools receive the equivalent of the free reimbursement rates for every meal.
School Food Authorities (SFAs) should immediately determine if one of their schools, a group of their schools, or their entire district is now eligible to participate in CEP. The School List for CEP As of December 4, 2023 provides data to assist schools with determining potential for CEP participation.
2023-2024 Mid-Year CEP Election
SFAs may now apply/reapply for CEP to add newly eligible schools until December 15, 2023. SFAs currently operating CEP, but not adding additional school buildings, do not need to reapply.
Please note that CEP regulations require SFAs to use April 1 data to calculate their CEP ISP. However, for this mid-year election, SFAs without access to April 1, 2023 enrollment information may use enrollment as of October 6, 2023.
Once a complete and accurate application has been submitted, allow two weeks for processing. Notification of CEP election approval will be sent via email to the SFA’s designated Child Nutrition Management System Administrator and Users. The approval notification will include sample letters to notify your school community of CEP participation, a link to a sample alternate Household Income Form that may be used to collect income information for other funding that use child nutrition data as a proxy for poverty.
2023-2024 Mid-year CEP Implementation
Schools can implement CEP elections at the beginning of the month following approval. CEP cannot begin mid-month. For example, an SFA approved on November 17, 2023, must wait until December 1, 2023 to implement CEP.
More Information about CEP:
- CEP Expansion Fact Sheet
- CEP General Information
- CEP State Subsidy
- School List for CEP and Reimbursement Rates
- 2023-2024 CEP Application
- 2023-2024 CEP Application Instructions
The Office of Child Nutrition is available to assist schools with evaluating CEP eligibility and with the CEP application process at 518-473-8781, or email@example.com .