Special Assistance Provisions

Welcome to the Arizona Department of Education’s Special Assistance Provisions website. This site is designed to familiarize you with the aspects of the USDA’s Special Assistance programs, (Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and Provisions 2 and 3). 

These provisions have the potential to impact participation, collection and verification of applications, labor costs, cash-handling costs (collections, charges, and write-offs), a la carte sales, and hardware/software costs.

Community Eligibility

The intent of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is to improve access to free school meals in eligible high poverty Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and schools to eliminate administrative burden of collecting household applications.  A school is eligible for Community Eligibility if the identified student percentage is at least 40 percent.

NEW-CEP Annual Notification of LEA and School Level Eligibility for SY 14-15
LEAs may qualify and apply for CEP regardless of the LEA’s presence on ADE’s CEP notification

Provisions 2 and 3

The core concept of Provisions 2 and 3 is a reduction in administrative costs in conjunction with operating a non-pricing program for all students. Simply, if the district agrees to provide meals to all enrolled students at no charge, the USDA eliminates the requirement to collect applications for 3 to 4 years.

To learn more about the Special Assistance program visit the following links: