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Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

GREAT NEWS: Students at 54 schools can eat breakfast and lunch at no charge during the 2016-17 school year!


Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a federal provision that allows eligible schools to offer free meals to attending students regardless of individual income.  CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meals, relying instead on information from other means-tested programs.  

Schools with ≥40 percent of “Identified Students,” or those directly certified to participate in school meals through their participation in programs such as CalWORKs, are eligible for CEP. Districts are able to group schools in order to reach an average of 40 percent directly certified students within the group. Student Nutrition Services determined the 2016-17 list of eligible CEP sites by grouping schools based on this formula.

SFUSD is thrilled to expand CEP during the 2016-17 school year. CEP:

  • Builds community
  • Fights hunger with health
  • Improves financial health
  • Streamlines operations

For more information about Community Eligibility Provision at SFUSD please check out these Frequently Asked Questions

2016-17 CEP Sites



Bryant, BV/Mann, Carmichael, Carver, Chavez, Chin, Chinese Ed Center, Cleveland, Cobb, Drew, El Dorado, Flynn, Guadalupe, Harte, Hillcrest, Hilltop, Lau, Longfellow, Malcolm X, Marshall, Mission Ed Center, Monroe, Moscone, Muir, Parker, Redding, Revere, Sanchez, Serra, Sheridan, Spring Valley, Taylor, Tenderloin, Vis Valley


Brown, Denman, Francisco, King, Lick, Marina, Vis Valley


Burton, Civic Center, Downtown, Hilltop, June Jordan, Mission, O’Connell, SF International, Marshall, Wells


Kipp Bayview, Kipp SF Bay, One Purpose


Students at these school sites will complete Confidential Family Surveys in place of the annual Meal Application. Surveys will be distributed by each school, and are due by September 16, 2016. 

Please reach out to Student Nutrition Services with any questions at (415) 749-3604.