Foodservice Updates

  • Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)   

    Image of 3 male high school students eating lunch in cafeteriaDuval County Public Schools are enrolled in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. The intent of the CEP program is to improve students’ access to free school meals and eliminate the burden for families who were required to complete applications for free or reduced meals on an annual basis. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 authorized the CEP program to provide an alternative to household applications in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

    As of the 2022-2023 school year, there are 153 schools participating in the CEP program. These CEP schools provide school breakfast and lunch to ALL students at NO CHARGE while they are enrolled in a CEP school during the current school year. Schools approved for the CEP program are reevaluated and assessed each school year to determine eligibility and whether the provision can be financially supported by the department or district.

    If your student(s) are enrolled in CEP schools, families do NOT need to submit a free or reduced-price meal application for 2022-2023.