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Community Eligibility Provision

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a meal service option that allows schools and school districts in low-income areas to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to enrolled students, without collecting household income applications.  Schools and school districts with an Identified Student Percentage (ISP) of 40% or higher are eligible to elect CEP.

Identified students are those students who are directly certified for free meals based on their participation in other programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

To learn more about CEP visit the USDA CEP Resource Center.

To view detailed CEP data and participating schools, visit the CEP Data page.

CEP Site Summary School Year 2020-2021

Local School SystemParticipating CEP Schools
Allegany County Public Schools4
Baltimore City Public Schools169
Baltimore County Public Schools87
Cecil County Public Schools5
Dorchester County Public Schools12
Frederick County Public Schools2
Garrett County Public Schools1
Harford County Public Schools7
Howard County Public Schools3
Kent County Public Schools2
Princes George's County Public Schools23
Somerset County Public Schools8
Washington County Public Schools13
Wicomico County Public Schools26

Schools and school districts interested in participating in CEP should contact their Program Specialist.

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