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Annual Conference

Conference Session

"The Community Eligibility Provision"
Key Areas: State Update
Session: Session F - Sunday November 12, 2017: 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - 311/312

Speaker(s): Sharon Freschi - School Nutrition Programs Specialist, California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division

Objectives: Increase your understanding of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and provide you with the knowledge to determine whether it is a good fit for any of your schools.

Description: The CEP is a new Provision that became available to schools in California beginning with the 2014-15 School Year. It is a four-year reimbursement alternative for high poverty LEAs and schools. Qualified schools experience an increase in revenue, a reduction in administrative burdens, and eliminate overt identification of needy students while providing both breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge. Students of schools participating in the CEP tend to perform better academically, have better health, and maintain better school attendance.



Speaker Bio(s):
Sharon Freschi - School Nutrition Programs Specialist
California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division

Sharon Freschi is a School Nutrition Programs Specialist with the California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD). She is the lead specialist over Provisions, including the Community Eligibility Provision. As part of the School Nutrition Programs Unit (SNPU), Sharon is responsible for administering the National School Lunch (NSLP), School Breakfast (SBP), Seamless Summer Feeding Option (SSFO), Special Milk (SMP), and Meal Supplements (Snacks) programs under the School Nutrition Programs. Sharon has worked in California State Government for four years. Prior to working for the Department of Education, her previous work experience includes working for the California Correctional Health Care Services as well as over 30 years management for financial institutions.


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