CEP - Community Eligibility Provision - Free Breakfast & Lunch

  • The free meals are part of the federally funded Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, which is part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

    Students at five CCSD 15 schools are offered a free breakfast and lunch daily starting the first day of school as part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, funded by the federal government. Schools that meet eligibility requirements set by the National Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Program will receive free meals for all students, regardless of their economic status.  

    Participating schools include:

    • Jane Addams Elementary School
    • Lake Louise Elementary School
    • Virginia Lake Elementary School
    • Winston Campus Junior High School
    • John C. Conyers Learning Academy

    For lunch, students should notify their teacher in the morning that they would like to receive a lunch that day. Notification regarding breakfast is not necessary. Breakfast will be served to students before school, if they arrive prior to the start of the school day. Students arriving when school begins will be offered a grab-and-go option to be eaten at their desks. 

    If your student has a fund balance on his or her account, it may be used to purchase a second meal or a la carte item (if available).  If you would prefer to receive a refund, please contact School Nutrition Services at (847) 963-3928.

    Please see frequently asked questions (FAQs) form regarding the CEP program. If you have additional questions that have not been answered in this document, please contact School Nutrition Services at (847) 963-3928.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

    Q.    What is the Community Eligibility Provision (or CEP Program)?
    A.    This is a provision that is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows schools with higher concentrations of students qualifying for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch and Breakfast Program to participate in a program providing breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge. 

    Q.    When can my child start eating school meals at no charge?
    A.    The CEP program will begin on the first day of school.

    Q.    Why is CEP not district-wide?
    A.    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets guidelines for CEP based on the number of economically disadvantaged students in a building. The USDA will reimburse District 15 for meals served at schools that are part of CEP.

    Q.    Do I still need to fill out an application for free/reduced price meals at the beginning of the school year?
    A.    No, you no longer need to complete any paperwork to receive free/reduced price meals at a CEP building.

    Q.    Does my child have to participate in the CEP Program?
    A.    No, participation is voluntary, and students may elect to eat breakfast and/or lunch if they choose to do so. Parents may elect to pack a lunch for their child if they’d prefer to do that. All meals exceed USDA mandated requirements and align with USDA dietary guidelines.

    Q.    How are meals being paid for?
    A.    The federal government provides reimbursement to CCSD15 for every breakfast and lunch served to cover the costs of food provided.

    Q     Will registration fees or taxes be increased?
    A.    No, as this is a federally funded program, it does not impact registration fees or taxes.

    Q.    If I do not fill out an application for free/reduced meals, how are school fees waived?
    A.    In accordance with Board of Education Policy 4:140, parents will need to complete the Application for Educational Benefits (on purple paper) in order to apply for a waiver of school fees. The application can be filled out online through Infinite Campus or a paper copy is available at all CEP schools.

    Q.    If there is currently money in my student’s meal account, how can I request a refund:
    A.    You may contact your school’s lunch coordinator or our office at (847) 963-3928 to refund or request a transfer of money into another student’s account. You may choose to leave it in your student’s account to purchase a second lunch or a la carte item.