CEP is an alternative to collecting, approving, and verifying household eligibility applications for free and reduced price eligible students in high poverty local educational agencies (LEAs) for schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
School Year 2018-19 Application:
The Illinois State Board of Education’s Nutrition Division is accepting applications for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Applications for School Year 2018-19 must be submitted by June 30, 2018, and based on April 2, 2018, enrollment and SY 2017-18 identified student data. For any school electing CEP for the first time, it is highly recommended that you complete the CEP evaluation worksheets below to ensure that election to CEP is financially feasible for your school/district.
The CEP application process is three steps. Here are Step One instructions:
Step 1: Intent to Apply and Preliminary CEP Numbers
Submit, via electronic mail to
, an intent to apply for CEP message as follows:Subject Line:
CEP Intent to Apply - SY2018-2019 -
<Insert Agreement Number>
- (For example: CEP Intent to Apply – SY2018-2019 – 01-001-0001-01)
Body of Message:
“I understand that this submission is the intent to apply for CEP and is NOT the final application. The attached file contains all enrolled students in the school or group of schools that we anticipate applying for CEP.“
Please also include the CEP application process contact person, including name, title, contact telephone number, and email address.
Attachment: An Excel spreadsheet of the total enrollment of the school or group of schools that anticipates applying for CEP must be attached. The file format is as follows:
- Column 1: First Name
- Column 2: Last Name
- Column 3: Gender (M for male, F for female)
- Column 4: Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy)
- Column 5: WINS site number of enrolled student (5 digits)
- Column 6: WINS Site name of enrolled student
After the submission of the intent to apply for CEP electronic message is received by ISBE, staff will review the enrollment file, school list and complete an initial CEP validation process. Direct Certification matches via the CEP validate process will be shared with the CEP application process contact person.
CEP Training Resources and Forms
School Year 2017-18 CEP Evaluation Worksheets (Based on SY 2017-18 Rates of Reimbursements)
In order to determine which worksheet to use, the 60% rate refers to the district's National School Lunch Program rate of reimbursement. Those districts claiming 60% or greater F/R lunches two years prior receive the 60% or greater rate of reimbursement.
The Severe Need Breakfast, is higher rate of reimbursement provided to sites that claimed 40% or greater of their lunches as F/R two years prior. This information can be found on your most recent Approval Letter available in WINS under the attachment link (paper clip icon).
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