Community Eligibility Provision

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:

  • You can rest assured knowing that your child(ren) are getting two healthy, nutrient-dense meals a day at school.
  • No need to worry about the financial burden of your child(ren) eating at school.
  • No need to fill out a school meal application or paperwork to sign up! All children eat free automatically.
  • Your child(ren) have access to healthy nutritious meals every day.


Adapted from the Food Research and Action Center’s FRAC Facts: Community Eligibility Provision, An Amazing Opportunity.

For more information about CEP, please visit 


If you have other questions or need help, please call

Robert Shaheen

Director of Food Services


Community Eligibility Provision