FACTSHEET: Community eligibility program a win-win for students, schools, and families

By Cedric Johnson
Policy Analyst, Budget & Tax Center
May 2014

Ensuring that more students participate in breakfast and lunch programs is one way to help promote a quality education for all North Carolina students. For the 2014-15 school year, nearly 300,000 students in high-poverty schools across North Carolina could potentially benefit from an initiative referred to as the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), which ensures that every child in high-poverty schools receives two nutritious meals each day so that they are ready to learn all day.

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