Community Eligibility Database: Eligible and Near-Eligible Schools by Identified Student Percentage

August 12, 2014

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This searchable database provides information on the schools that will be eligible in the 2014-2015 school year for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a powerful new tool to ensure that low-income children have access to breakfast and lunch at no charge through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.  High-poverty schools and school districts in all states can adopt CEP starting with the new school year.

CEP allows school districts, individual schools, or groups of schools to offer two nutritious meals daily to all students at no charge if their Identified Student Percentage (ISP) is at least 40 percent.  The ISP represents the share of students who are approved for free meals without an application because they either have been identified as low income by another program (such as SNAP, formerly food stamps) or are considered at risk of hunger (because they are homeless or in foster care, for example). 

Under CEP, schools with higher ISPs receive higher federal reimbursements for the meals they serve, which makes CEP more financially viable.  Schools with an ISP of 62.5 or higher will have all meals reimbursed at the highest federal rate, known as the free rate.

Each state was required to publish a list of schools eligible for CEP by May 1.  This database is based on that information and includes the state, school district (also known as the Local Educational Agency or LEA), the school, the school’s ISP, and the school’s enrollment, if the state published those items. To select more than one option in a given category, hold down the Control key when making selections.

This database is not a comprehensive list of all schools in every state or school district.  Some states published lists of all schools regardless of eligibility, while other states published lists only of eligible and near-eligible schools or only of eligible schools.

For more on CEP, including information on CEP’s reimbursement structure, see this detailed report.

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