The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a federal program under the USDA's National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. It allows schools that serve a high proportion of low-income students to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students rather than collecting individual applications and limiting free and reduced-price lunches to only income-eligible students. School's eligibility for CEP is based on data from other federal programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF). To find which schools are eligible, contact the NJ Department of Agriculture (NJDA), or view the list on NJDA's website.
Nonpublic schools may participate in CEP, but (except APSSDs) they do not need to collect the NJ Household Information Survey since they do not report students' income to the state. Nonprofit APSSDs participating in CEP and all for-profit APSSDs are required to distribute the Surveys for students sent from public schools in cooperation with their sending districts.
NJ Household Information Survey & letter templates for CEP schools/districts:
Guidance for CEP schools and districts:
Information for parents:
Archives of Previous Year CEP Information: