Special Provisions

In an effort to reduce paperwork at the local level, Congress has incorporated into Section 11(a)(1) of the National School Lunch Act four alternative provisions to the normal requirements for annual determinations of eligibility for free and reduced price school meals and daily meal counts by type (free, reduced price and paid meals) at the point of service.

Provision 1: Not currently used by any schools in Maine

Provision 2: This Provision reduces application burdens and simplifies meal counting and claiming procedures. It allows schools to establish claiming percentages and to serve all meals at no charge for a 4 year period. Schools must serve meals to all participating children at no charge for a period of 4 years. During the first year, or base year, the school makes eligibility determinations and takes meal counts by type. During the next 3 years, the school makes no new eligibility determinations and counts only the total number of reimbursable meals served each day. Reimbursement during these years is determined by applying the percentages of free, reduced price and paid meals served during the corresponding month of the base year to the total meal count for the claiming month.

Provision 3: Not currently used by any schools in Maine.

Provision 4 or CEP: Schools do not collect Meal Applications. The number of free eligible students is determined by comparing the number of enrolled students on the Direct Certification (DC) list and comparing this to the number of enrolled students.  The number of DC students is divided by the number of enrolled students. The percentage of students qualifying for free meals based on the DC list must be 40% for a school or district to participate. For example, a school has 60 students on the DC list and 130 students enrolled.  This means 46.15% of the students enrolled are found on the DC list. This is then multiplied by 1.6.  In this example 73.85 % of students eating are claimed under the free status and 26.15% are claimed under the paid status.  No money is collected from students for reimbursable meals.

Sample Media Release for Special Provision Schools

Districts with 50% or More Free or Reduced

Districts using Special Provision II SY 2020:

MAINE PROVISON II SCHOOLS YEAR 2020    
     
School Districts Participating in Provsion II Number of Schools Particpating District-Wide or Some Schools
Connors Elementary School 1 District-Wide
Edmunds Consolidated School-EUT 1 District-Wide
Eustis Public School 1 District-Wide
Indian Island 1 District-Wide
Kingman Elementary School-EUT 1 District-Wide
RSU 03 7 District-Wide
RSU 17 3 Harrison
    Hebron
    Otisfield
Whiting 1 District-Wide


Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in low income areas instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals.

The CEP allows schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious school meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The CEP uses information from other programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) instead of traditional paper applications.

MAINE CEP SCHOOLS YEAR 2020    
School Districts Participating in CEP Number of Schools Particpating District-Wide or Some Schools
Auburn Public Schools 4 Park Ave
    Sherwood
    Walton
    Washburn
Bangor Public Schools 3 Downeast
    Fairmount
    Vine Street
Caswell Public Schools 1 District-Wide
Harmony   District
Indian township   District
Lewiston School Department 8 District-Wide
Limestone  1 District-Wide
Opportunity Training Center 1 District-Wide
Pleasant Point   District
Portland 4 EECS
    Presumpscot
    Reiche
    Riverton
RSU 10 4 Meroby
    Mt Valle HS
    Mt Valley Middle
    Rumford Elementary
RSU 13 4 Ash Point
    Cushing Community Sch
    South School
    Thomaston Grammer
RSU 17/MSAD 17 5 Agnes Gray School
    Guy E Rowe School
    Oxford Elementary School
    Paris Elementary School
    Waterford Memorial School
RSU 19   Somerst Valley
    St Albans Consolidated
RSU 29 4 District
RSU 30 2 District
RSU 31 3 District
RSU 39 2 Teaque Park
    Caribou Middle School
RSU 41 3 District
RSU 54 7 District
RSU 59   Madison Elementary School
RSU 67 2 Ella P Burr
RSU 67   Mattanawcook JH
RSU 70 1 Elementary School
RSU 74 4 District
RSU 84 1 District
RSU 85 1 District
RSU 86 1 Ft Fairfield Elementary
RSU 88 2 District


Special Provision II and CEP Forms

Special Provisions - Laws

In an effort to reduce paperwork at the local level, Congress has incorporated into Section 11(a)(1) of the National School Lunch Act three alternative provisions to the normal requirements for annual determinations of eligibility for free and reduced price school meals and daily meal counts by type (free, reduced price and paid meals) at the point of service.

Community Eligibility Provision Resources

State Resources

USDA Food and Nutrition Services Resources

More information for these special provisions can be found at:
Community Eligibility Provision: http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision
Provisions 1, 2 & 3: http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/provisions-1-2-and-3

For more information please contact the Maine DOE Child Nutrition Office at 207-624-6842 or Child Nutrition Specialist David Hartley at david.hartley@maine.gov.