NASBE WEBINAR SERIES Community Eligibility: What Policymakers Need to Know About
Changes Coming to School Meals
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. 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.
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 3:00-4:00 PM (EST)for a webinar
discussion about the changes ahead in the community eligibility provision, and
how state policymakers should prepare. Presenters include:
Food Research and Action Center Zoe Neuberger, Center on Budget and Policy and Priorities Wayne Riddle,
Center on Budget and Policy and Priorities Keri Kennedy, West Virginia Department of Education Whitney Meagher,Project
Director, NASBE'sCenter for Safe and Healthy Schools(as moderator)