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Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

Wakulla County Schools are enrolled in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. The intent of the CEP program is to improve students’ access to free school meals and eliminate the burden for families who were required to complete applications for free or reduced meals on an annual basis. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 authorized the CEP program to provide an alternative to household applications in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

CEP schools provide school breakfast and lunch to ALL students at NO CHARGE while they are enrolled in a CEP school during the current school year. Schools approved for the CEP program are reevaluated and assessed each school year to determine eligibility and whether the provision can be financially supported by the department or district.

Families do NOT need to submit a free or reduced-price meal application for the 2020-2021 school year.

CEP FAQ

Simply put, this means that all students enrolled in any School inside the Wakulla County School District can receive a reimbursable meal at breakfast and lunch at no cost to the student or family.

Please note that this is not a “free lunch” or “free food” program. These meals are being paid for by the USDA on behalf of the students and their families. The CEP program explicitly states that only a complete meal, as defined by the USDA as a reimbursable meal, is provided to each student at breakfast and lunch. Any purchases that do not constitute a reimbursable meal are charged (and paid) at A La Carte prices by the student or family. Along the same lines, this program applies to actively enrolled students only and therefore no adults or non-enrolled students qualify for the no-cost meals.

No. Because the District operates a districtwide CEP program, Food and Nutrition Services will no longer be accepting any Free and Reduced Meal applications. All students will be fed a reimbursable meal for breakfast and lunch at no cost.

The simple answer is yes, although it is not required.

The reimbursable meal for breakfast and lunch are being provided at no cost. However, any other items in addition to that meal, or if the student refuses to take all the required components to make a complete meal, will be charged at A La Carte prices to the student’s account.

A reimbursable meal is a meal that is offered to students that meet certain nutritional and portion size requirements as set forth by the USDA. What qualifies as a reimbursable meal is mandated by the USDA and every school participating in the National School Lunch and/or Breakfast Program must offer certain components to students every day.  In addition to the nutritional requirements, the information below is the minimum daily component offering requirements set by USDA based on meal and grade. Students do NOT have to take every component offered.

Breakfast(Pre-K - 12th Grade)

  • Fruit - 1 cup (including 1/2 cup juice)
  • Grains - 1 oz
  • Milk - 1 cup

Lunch2

Pre-K - 8th Grade

  • Fruit - 1/2 cup
  • Vegetables - 3/4 cup
  • Grains - 1 oz
  • Meat/Meat Alternate - 1 oz
  • Milk - 1 cup

9th - 12th Grade

  • Fruit - 1 cup
  • Vegetables - 1 cup
  • Grains - 2 oz
  • Meat/Meat Alternate - 2 oz
  • Milk - 1 cup

1: For breakfast, each plate must have at least 3 items and 1 item must be a fruit.  4 items must be offered to students each breakfast.

2: For lunch, each plate must have at least 3 components and 1 component must be a fruit or vegetable to be counted as reimbursable.  If the plate does not contain these items, the student will be charged ala carte pricing.

Students:

Access to free nutritious meals for all students with no stigma, and less time spent in cashier lines and more time to eat nutritious meals.

Parents:

All enrolled students will be served a breakfast and lunch meal at no cost without having to complete a Free or Reduced household application. No household applications mean less paperwork and no worries about meal accounts.

School staff:

Streamlined meal service operation and more time for students to consume their food.

Administrators:

Reduced paperwork and administrative costs, no need to track unpaid meal charges, improved program integrity, and more nourished students ready to learn and grow.

Community Eligibility Provision
 

Where can I get more information?

The USDA website’s CEP section:
https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision

The USDA website’s CEP Resource Center:
https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision-resource-center

The USDA CEP Quick Fact Sheet (PDF File):
https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/cn/CEPfactsheet.pdf

Wakulla County Schools
69 Arran Road,
Crawfordville, FL 32327

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The School Board of Wakulla County, Florida does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information for applicants and employees, or any other reason prohibited by Federal and State law regarding non-discrimination. See 34 C.F.R. 100.6(d); 34 C.F.R. 106.9; 34 C.F.R. 110.25. In addition, the School Board provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular school activities. See 34 C.F.R. 108.9. Disabled individuals needing reasonable accommodations to participate in and enjoy the benefits of services, programs, and activities of the School Board are required in advance to notify the administrator at the school/center at which the event or service is offered to request reasonable accommodation. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to any opportunity or event associated with Wakulla County Schools. The designated Equity Coordinator, Title IX and Section 504 Compliance Coordinator as required by 34 C.F.R. 100.6(d) is Angie Walker, Executive Director of Human Resources, 69 Arran Road, Crawfordville, Florida 32327; 850.926.0065; angela.walker@wcsb.us.