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Community Eligibility Provision

The School Nutrition Programs (SNP) Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) online training.

Course Description

CEP is a method for reducing paperwork and other administrative burdens at the local level by simplifying the traditional operating procedures for meal eligibility and meal counting. Schools must apply to participate in CEP and receive approval from the California Department of Education (CDE) prior to implementation. This training provides basic information on CEP including how to apply and is recommended for all agencies interested in learning more about CEP.

  • Course Number: 495
  • Course Length: 14 minutes
  • Certificate: None
  • Target Audience: Chief Business Officials, Food Service Directors and Staff
  • Mandatory: No
  • Cost: Free
  • Date Recorded: April 2018

Online Course



Referenced Resources

The following resources are referred to throughout this online course:

Crediting

  • Crediting: 0.25 hours

  • Key Area: Administration (3000)
    • Training Topic: Free and Reduced Price Meal Benefits (3100)
      • Learning Objective: Understand and apply Community Eligibility (3130)

For more information on crediting, access the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) web document Professional Standards Learning Objectives External link opens in new window or tab.(PDF).

Additional Information

USDA CEP Resource Center web page External link opens in new window or tab. provides extensive resources and tools to help facilitate successful implementation of CEP including a webinar series and a federal reimbursement estimator.

Contact Us

For questions regarding this subject, please contact your SNP Specialist. The SNP Specialist list is available in the CNIPS Download Forms section, Form ID Caseload, or call 800-952-5609, Option 2, to be directed to your SNP Specialist.

Questions:   School Nutrition Programs Administration | 916-322-3005
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
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