Why is my school’s FRL rate showing a lower number than expected?
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools were eligible for this meal option for first time in 2013-14 (pilot year). The poverty rate of schools participating in CEP only includes students who are identified as eligible for free meals based upon the Direct Certification determination (or the extension of eligibility to the household due to eligibility of an identified direct-certified student). This causes the school’s poverty rate to appear lower than in previous years when the rate included students eligible for free and reduced-priced lunch. For more information about the CEP, see http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision.