The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows more than 30,000 high-poverty schools across the country to offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students while eliminating the traditional school meal application process. As COVID-19 impacts millions nationwide, more students than ever will need access to free school meals. Because a greater number of school districts and schools will become eligible to implement community eligibility for the upcoming 2021–2022 school year, more schools can reexamine community eligibility for being a more financially viable option than before the COVID-19 crisis. This resource provides information on implementing community eligibility and USDA’s nationwide waiver that states must opt into, both of which can help states and school districts plan for the next school year.
ReportHunger, Poverty, and Health Disparities During COVID-19 and the Federal Nutrition Programs’ Role in an Equitable Recovery