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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.​

 Application Process

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  • SY2017-2018 Application - Due June 30, 2017
  • Please Submit: 1) CEP Agreement (signed), 2) CEP Participation Listing (completed), and 3) Supporting documentation of April 1 enrollment and identified students.

      1. CEP AgreementWord Document  (Must be Signed by Authorized Representative)
      2. CEP Participation ListingExcel Document (Completed)
      3. Electronic April 1, 2017 Enrollment File (fields to include:  First Name, Last Name, Gender (F=female, M=male), Birth date (Month/Day/Year, 01/01/2004), Name of School Where Enrolled)
      4. Source Documentation of ALL Identified Students (Likely to include Direct Certification Reports, Extension of Benefit Documentation, Homeless, Runaway, Migrant, Head Start Certified Documentation)

    CEP application documents may be sent by email (cnp@isbe.net), mailed (ISBE, Nutrition and Wellness Programs Division, ATTN:  Roxanne Ramage, 100 N First St (W-270), Springfield, IL 62777-0001) or uploaded to WINS (Instruction to Upload CEP Documentation to WINSPDF Document).  Any questions, please contact our staff at (800) 545-7892.  

  • SY2016-2017 Application
  • Please Submit: 1) CEP Agreement (signed), 2) CEP Participation Listing (completed), and 3) Supporting documentation of April 1 enrollment and identified students.

 Evaluation Worksheets

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