What is CEP?

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) was created through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, and allows qualifying high-poverty local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to offer breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students without requiring families to complete an annual household meal benefits application.

AISD campuses with 70 percent of students directly certified for free meals on April 1, 2017 will participate in CEP.  Directly certified students are those who qualify for free meal benefits without the use of household applications.

What qualifies a student as directly certified?

  • Children directly certified for free meals through data matching because their households receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF).

  • Children who are certified for free meals without an application because they are homeless, migrant, enrolled in Head Start or in foster care.

Austin ISD campuses participating in CEP for the 2017-18 school year:

  • Allison Elementary

  • Brooke Elementary

  • Dobie Pre-K*

  • Govalle Elementary

  • Harris Elementary

  • Norman Elementary

  • Oak Springs Elementary

  • Pecan Springs Elementary

  • Pickle Elementary

  • Read Pre-K*

  • Sims Elementary

  • Brown Elementary

  • Barrington Elementary

  • Uphaus Early Childhood Center

  • Zavala Elementary

*Dobie Pre-K and Read Pre-K have been participating in CEP since the 2015-16 school year, and will continue to do so in the 2017-18 school year.

What CEP means for participating campus:

  • Increased access to healthy food by providing free breakfast and lunch for all students.

  • Parents and guardians will no longer be required to submit a meal benefits application for students attending your campus.

    • An income verification form is required for students that are not directly certified, for example by receiving SNAP or TANF benefits.

    • If families that are not directly certified have children attending other Austin ISD campuses that are not participating in CEP a meal benefits application will still be required to receive free or reduced price meals at those campuses.  

  • Eliminates unpaid meal fees and family worries about student meal account balances.

  • More nourished students ready to learn and grow each day!