by Jacob Woodward
The Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP, was established in 2010 under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. CEP is a new program designed to reduce the number of hungry students in high-poverty schools. Starting in the 2011-2012 school year, the CEP began to be phased into certain schools. 2014-2015 was the first school year of national availability for the initiative and garnered the participation of over 14,000 high-poverty schools. That represents about half of the schools that are eligible to participate in the CEP, and one out of ten schools in the nation. Over 2,200 school districts – one in seven – have adopted the provision, resulting in more than six million children having access to two healthy meals a day.