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Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

School Food Service Directors/Managers
Child Nutrition Program Administration
Monday, March 27, 2023
Proposed Rule: Community Eligibility Provision – Increasing Options for Schools

USDA webinar found here:

On March 23, 2023, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service published a proposed rule, Child Nutrition Programs: Community Eligibility Provision – Increasing Options for Schools. The rule proposes to expand access to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) by lowering the minimum identified student percentage participation threshold from 40 percent to 25 percent, which would give States and schools greater flexibility to choose to invest non-Federal funds to offer no-cost meals to all enrolled students. As a result, more students, families, and schools would have an opportunity to experience the benefits of CEP, including access to meals at no cost, eliminating unpaid meal charges, minimizing stigma, reducing paperwork for school nutrition staff and families, and streamlining meal service operations.

The proposed rule will be available tomorrow, March 23, 2023, on the Federal Register and open for public comment until May 8, 2023. Visit Community Eligibility Provision | Food and Nutrition Service ( for more information, including the Summary of Proposed Rule, which highlights changes the proposed rule would have on CEP.

On March 30, 2023 at 3:00 pm, FNS is hosting a webinar for school food authority staff focused on the proposed rule Child Nutrition Programs: Community Eligibility Provision – Increasing Options for Schools.

Click here for information on how to register. 

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    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
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