Community Eligibility Provision (CEP): What do I need to know?Sunday, March 2, 11:00 am – 12 noonSpeakers: Linda Campbell, RD, LDFood Service DirectorPerry County School District, KYDebbie Derico, SNSDirector of Child NutritionMarshall County Schools, WVCheryl Jones, MBA, SNSEducation and Development SpecialistGeorgia Dept. of Education, School Nutrition Program
CEP Background: • Formerly known as Community Eligibility Option (CEO) • Currently participating: DC, IL, KY, MI, NY, OH, WV, FL, GA, MD, MA • Available nationwide on July 1, 2014
Eligibility Requirements: • High-poverty schools offer free bkfst/lunch to all students w/o collecting applications • LEAs must have at least 1 school with 40% or more “Identified Students” (certified w/o application) • CEP can be implemented in 1 school, group of schools or districtwide.
Identified Students: Students certified for free meals w/o the use of a household application • e.g. directly certified with SNAP, TANF, FDPIR, categorically eligible – migrant youth, homeless, etc.
CEP Reimbursements • % Identified Students x 1.6 = % meals reimbursed at “free” rate. All other meals reimbursed at “paid” rate • eg: At a school with 50% Identified Students, 80% of brkfst/lunches served would be reimbursed at free rate, 20% reimbursed at paid rate (50 x 1.6 = 80) • CEP schools/LEAs are guaranteed the same reimbursement rate for 4 years (or a higher rate if the Identified Student rate increases)
Georgia – Preparing for CEP Pilot • Stakeholders • Training • Resources
Georgia – Evaluation Interview Follow-Up Questions • Claim submission for LEAs • Direct Certification (DC) matching and increasing percentages • Reporting of SNAP and TANF on the new FNS report • Title 1 allocation concerns
Georgia – Potential Barriers • Concerns • Title 1 free/reduced data • Grants for eligible students • Reporting • Claims • New students
Georgia – Advantages of CEP • No paper or web applications • Cost savings • No charged meals, charge letters or alternative meals • Simplifies meal counting and claiming • No overt identification • Increased breakfast and lunch participation • Improves nutrition to at risk students
Georgia – CEP Districts *City and charter school systems participating in CEP in the district is identified with a green box to the right of their name.
Linda Campbell, RD, LDFood Service DirectorPerry County School District, KY
Concerns from Superintendent: • Is this a temporary option? • Is it financially feasible / is the worksheet reliable? • Will we lose Title I funding? • How will we get at risk percentages for other programs?
Benefits • No charges to try to collect • Financial relief for Parents • Increased participation, students eating better • No verification • Very popular with the community
History • After completion of worksheet anddiscussion with Superintendent and Finance Officer, declined to participate the first year it was available. • Started the next year, 2012-2013.
Participation Profile • School Year 2011-2012: • 4,178 enrolled • 2,590 free, 206 reduced • Total 2,796 FRP, with 1,887 on direct cert list. • School Year 2012-2013: • 4,116 enrolled, 2,335 on direct cert list • School Year 2013-2014: • 4,220 enrolled, 2,741 on direct cert. list
Results • Lunch Participation • 2011-2012 participation for lunch was 79% • 2012-2013 jumped to 84% • 2013-2014 currently at 89% this year • Breakfast Participation • 2011-2012 participation for breakfast was 44% • 2012-2013 at 75% the first year • 2013-2014 continues at 75%
Reimbursement • October before CEP was $183,418 • First year of implementation: $289,282 • Current year: $310,497
A la Carte Funds • 2011-2012: $14,118 • 2012-2013: $26,788 • 2013-2014: $27,212
CEP Reimbursement Rate • First year was 90.75% free, with 9.25% paid. • This year is 100%!
Debbie Derico, SNSDirector of Child NutritionMarshall County Schools, WV
Hancock SY 2013 CEPCounties Brooke Ohio Marshall Monongalia Wetzel Marion Morgan Pleas- Berkeley Tyler ants Preston Jeff- Mineral Taylor erson Dodd- Harrison Hampshire ridge Barbour Wood Ritchie Grant Tucker Hardy Wirt Lewis Cal- Gilmer houn Jackson Upshur Randolph Mason Roane Braxton Pendleton Webster Putnam Clay Cabell Kanawha Nicholas Pocahontas County Wide Lincoln Wayne Fayette Boone Greenbrier Select Schools Mingo Logan Raleigh No eligible CEPschools Sum- Wyoming mers Monroe McDowell Mercer
Hancock SY 2014 CEPCounties Brooke Ohio Marshall Monongalia Wetzel Marion Morgan Pleas- Berkeley Tyler ants Preston Jeff- Mineral Taylor erson Dodd- Harrison Hampshire ridge Barbour Wood Ritchie Grant Tucker Hardy Wirt Lewis Cal- Gilmer houn Jackson Upshur Randolph Mason Roane Braxton Pendleton Webster Putnam Clay Cabell Kanawha Nicholas Pocahontas County Wide Lincoln Wayne Fayette Boone Greenbrier Select Schools Mingo Logan Raleigh No eligible CEPschools Sum- Wyoming mers Monroe McDowell Mercer
Marshall County, WV CEP About Our District • School Enrollment: 4,682 • ADP Lunch: 73% • ADP Breakfast 57% • Percent Needy 2012: 51% • Percent Needy 2014: 56% • Paid Prices (Before CEP) Lunch: $1.30 Breakfast: $.95
Concerns and Recommendations Financial Know your data Current meal prices charged, collection rate, demographics of students eating are all critical Can opt out It’s about the kids! • Impact on other programs Title I, E-Rate • Entitlement
Concerns and Recommendations Claim Percent: Free: 66% Paid: 34% Marshall County Excess Levy pays $300,0000 for Breakfast!
Concerns and Recommendations Effects on other Programs Title I & E-Rate Guidance is available Plan ahead
Concerns and Recommendations Entitlement Using tax payers funds to pay for meals for families who can afford them. Political Impact Money does stay in the community!
CEP RESOURCES • SNA’s CEP Webinar Series: www.schoolnutrition.org/webinar • Making the Most of Community Eligibility Provision (under archives) • Eliminating School Meal Applications (March 26) • Determining which Schools will be Eligible to Participate in CEP (April 2) • SNA’s ANC Boston: www.schoolnutrition.org/ANC • CEP pre-con and ed sessions • Links to key USDA and State Materials: www.frac.org/community-eligibility