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This fall, 12 Portland schools will no longer offer CEP programs for their students due to financial recalculations.

Why 12 Portland schools dropped their free meal program

Funding issues made the federal CEP program unsustainable.

When students at 12 of Portland, Ore.’s public schools head back to class this fall, they’ll no longer have access to universal free lunch.

When district officials were forced to re-evaluate their eligibility for the federal government’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), they found that the program was no longer affordable.

CEP is a non-pricing service option for school districts in low-income areas that allows a school to serve free breakfasts and lunch

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