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Community Eligibility: What Policymakers Need to Know About Changes Coming to School Meals

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Just a few weeks ago, First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the expansion of a program that gives all students, regardless of income, free school meals in qualifying schools. The program is called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, and starting with the 2014-15 school year, all states will need to comply. It is estimated that this final expansion, which currently operates in 11 states, will allow 22,000 more schools to participate and serve as many as nine million more students.

But, implementation comes with some challenges for states. Participating schools are not required to collect data on students who would traditionally qualify to receive free-and reduced-price lunches. This impacts other programs that use this data, such as the federal Title I and e-Rate programs. The U.S. Department of Education recently issued guidance to help states understand how to distribute Title I funding in the absence of free- and reduced-price lunch data. But, what do state policymakers—and state board members —really need to know?

Join NASBE on April 9, 2014 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM (EST) for a webinar discussion with Food Research and Action Center’s Madeleine Levin, and the Center on Budget and Policy and Priorities’ Zoe Neuberger and Wayne Riddle to review the new CEP compliance, and what it means for states. Keri Kennedy, who has managed CEP implementation for West Virginia, will explain how her state has dealt with implementation during the pilot phase, and what she and her colleagues have learned throughout the process.

This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the full event here.