Community Eligibility Provision
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
Children need healthy meals to learn. Wareham Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day. For this school year 2018-2019, All Wareham Public Schools, Wareham High School, Wareham Middle School, John W. Decas Elementary School and the Minot Forest Elementary School will receive meals at no charge under the Community Eligibility Provision program (CEP).
All enrolled students in CEP eligible schools, regardless of income level, are eligible to receive a healthy school breakfast and school lunch at no charge each day. No further action is required of you. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a meal application.
The CEP is a new alternative to the traditional meal application process associated with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. CEP alleviates the burden on families by eliminating household applications, while helping schools reduce costs associated with collecting and processing those applications.
CEP benefits students by increasing participation in the school nutrition programs by offering breakfast and lunch for free to all. Studies show that students with reliable access to better nutrition tend to perform better academically.
Community eligibility is a win-win for students and schools by ensuring that children have access to healthy food at school. It also reduces administrative costs for schools by eliminating paper applications for school meals, allowing schools to focus more on learning.
Benefits of CEP:
Adapted from the Food Research and Action Center’s FRAC Facts: Community Eligibility Provision, An Amazing Opportunity.
For more information about CEP, please visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision
If you have other questions or need help, please call
Director of Food Services
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
3. email: [email protected].
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.