Economic Research Report No. (ERR-255) 28 pp

August 2018

Characteristics of School Districts Offering Free School Meals to All Students Through the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch Program

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows high-poverty schools to provide USDA school meals at no charge to all students. A new ERS report examines the characteristics of school districts that chose to participate.

Keywords: National School Lunch Program, Community Eligibility Provision, child nutrition, school meals, children, food assistance programs

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