This database currently holds data for 50 states and the District of Columbia for the 2021–2022 school year.
Questions & Answers about FRAC’s CEP Database
Q. What type of information can I pull from the database?
A. Each entry in the database contains the following information (when available) for a given school: state, school district, school name, identified student percentage (ISP), student enrollment, and current participation status.
Q. How do I search for my school or district?
A. Use the filters to find CEP-eligible and near-eligible schools by state, school district, ISP category, or CEP participation status.
Q. How do I choose more than one state or school district?
A. Hold down Ctrl+Shift simultaneously while making your selection.
Q. How was the information in the database gathered?
A. FRAC obtained information on schools that have adopted community eligibility from state education agencies or entities at the state level that administer the federal school nutrition programs. Between November 2021 and March 2022, FRAC collected these data:
- school name;
- school district name;
- identified student percentage (ISP); and
- FRAC followed up with state education agencies for data clarifications and, when necessary, to obtain missing data.
Under federal law, states are required to publish, by May 1 of each year*, a list of schools and districts with ISPs of at least 40 percent and those with ISPs between 30 and just under 40 percent (near-eligible schools and districts). For most states, FRAC compared these published lists to the lists of adopting schools, and compiled a universe of eligible and participating schools and districts in the 2020–2021 school year. Sixteen states—Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming—provided the list of eligible and participating schools that was used for the database.
Q. How is the database different from previous years?
A. The pandemic has had a significant impact on school nutrition operations during the 2021–2022 school year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued nationwide child nutrition waivers for this school year that allow schools to provide meals at no charge to all students through the summer nutrition programs. The schools and school districts listed in the database as participating in community eligibility were approved by their state agency to operate under community eligibility in the 2021-2022 school year, regardless of whether or not they chose to provide meals this school year through one of the summer nutrition programs.
Q: Are there additional uses for this data?
A. The Affordable Connectivity Program (previously known as the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, or EBB) is a long-term, $14 billion federal initiative that provides discounts to low-income consumers for broadband service and connected devices during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, signed into law on December 27, 2020, provided funding to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish the EBB Program, which will be administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company at the FCC’s direction and oversight. The EBB Program will make available to eligible households a monthly discount off the standard rate for an Internet service offering and associated equipment, up to $30 per month, and up to $75 per month for eligible households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive $100 one-time reimbursement for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet if they contribute more than $10 or less than $50 toward the purchase price. The program will conclude when the funding is expended or six months after the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Congress created the Affordable Connectivity Program to replace the EBB program, effective on December 31, 2021.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is available to eligible households that include at least one member who: (1) meets the qualifications of the FCC’s Lifeline program (i.e., based on income or participation in certain government assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit); (2) has been approved to receive benefits under free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast programs in the 2019–2020, 2020–2021, or 2021–2022 school year; (3) experienced a substantial and documented loss of income since February 29, 2020; (4) received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year; (5) meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program, (6) receives Special Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, (7) or has an income below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) database will be used to automatically qualify households for the Affordable Connectivity Program based on participation of a dependent child in free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast programs at Community Eligibility Provision participating schools without needing to submit documentation for manual review by the FCC’s program administrator in most cases.
*In response to the unique circumstances created by the pandemic, USDA extended the deadline last spring from May 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021.
Last Update 5/6/2022: Please be aware that state agencies may periodically republish their lists with updated data. FRAC will do its best to monitor newly published lists and update the database accordingly.