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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
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Waiver Request Notification - CEP

The New York State Education Department has requested the following waivers from annual Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) deadlines from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services (FNS):

  • The requirement that school food authorities (SFAs) that intend to elect CEP in the following school year must notify the State agency and submit identified student percentage (ISP) documentation not later than June 30 of the current school year under Section 11(a)(1)(F)(x)(I) of the NSLA, 42 U.S.C. 1759a, and FNS regulations at 7 CFR 245.9(f)(4)(i); and
  • The requirement that SFAs must calculate the CEP ISP using data as of April 1 of the prior school year under Sections 11(a)(1)(F)(iii)(I)(bb) and (a)(1)(F)(iv)(I)(bb) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA), 42 U.S.C. 1759a, and FNS regulations at 7 CFR 245.9(f)(3)(i), (f)(4)(i), (f)(4)(v)(A), and (f)(4)(viii).

These waivers will give SFAs greater flexibility to offer meals to all enrolled students at no cost during the 2023-2024 school year given the FNS final rule, effective October 26, 2023, that amends CEP regulations by lowering the minimum ISP from 40 percent to 25 percent.

These waivers have not been approved at this time. Further guidance will be made available upon approval.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

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  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

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