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CEP Application Information

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a four-year alternative meal counting and collection procedure. Participation in the CEP reduces paperwork and other administrative burdens at the local level by simplifying the traditional operating procedures for meal eligibility and meal counting while eliminating the meal application process. Operating under the CEP also maximizes federal reimbursements that support National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program operations at school sites, which supports the intent of the California Universal Meals Program. For more information on the CEP, please visit the California Department of Education (CDE) CEP web page.

Beginning in School Year (SY) 2022–23, public school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools with an Identified Student Percentage (ISP) of 40 percent or greater are required to apply for a federal feeding provision such as the CEP or Provisions 1, 2, or 3.

Local educational agencies (LEA) may apply for the CEP by individual site(s), by school groups, or by district. To apply for the CEP, the site, group of sites, or district must have an ISP of 40 percent or greater. The ISP is determined based on the number of directly certified students in the site, group of sites, or district. For more information on the application process and to calculate your LEA’s ISP, please refer to Management Bulletin SNP-02-2022, which is posted on the CDE CEP Application and Increasing ISP web page.

To apply for the CEP, please note the following dates:

April 1, 2022—extract direct certification and enrollment lists

(California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System [CALPADS] direct certification data extract for July 1 through March 31 is typically available to LEAs April 7 through 10. Students identified as directly certified on this data extract may be included in the ISP if they were enrolled as of April 1.)

Please note that CALPADS will be down from April 6 to April 11. LEAs may pull their CALPADS report April 12-15 and this will still reflect April 1 data.

June 30, 2022—the deadline to apply for the CEP for SY 2022–23

The following forms are required when applying for the CEP:

  • Form SNP-71, CEP–Application Checklist
  • Form SNP-19, CEP–Implementation Request
  • Form SNP-55, CEP–Identified Students Preapproval Review
  • All source documents used to calculate the ISP

All forms are located in the Download Forms section of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS). Instructions on how to submit each form and the source documents are included on the SNP-71. Please reach out to your School Nutrition Program (SNP) analyst if you are interested in applying and they will send you the information to get started.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact your county’s SNP Specialist. A list of SNP Specialists is available in the Download Forms section of the CNIPS, Form ID Caseload. You can also contact Jeremy Partsch, SNP Unit Office Technician, by phone at 916-322-3005 or 800-952-5609, Option 2, or by email at to be directed to your SNP Specialist.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, April 11, 2022
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