Ensuring that children show up in classrooms each day fed and ready to learn play an important role in ensuring that all North Carolina students are afforded a quality education.

The nation-wide Community Eligibility Program (CEP) allows high-poverty North Carolina schools to eliminate collecting school meal applications and offer breakfast and lunch to all of their students at no charge. This initiative aims to increase participation rates in school breakfast and lunch programs by eliminating the stigma associated with the existing free and reduced meal programs offered to students from low- and moderate-income families.