Community Eligibility Program (CEP) Overview

  • We are excited to announce that nine schools within West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) qualify for ALL students to receive free meals for the 2023-24 school year. This is made possible through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture program created to help low-income areas. This is a basic overview of CEP and what it means for your family.


  • WHAT Will CEP Do for WDMCS?

  • WHICH Schools Qualify for Free Meals?

  • WHICH Schools Do Not Qualify for Free Meals?

  • HOW Were Schools Selected?

  • HOW Long Will Students Receive Free Meals?

  • WHAT Does This Mean For MY Family?

Steps to Take

  • If Your Student Attends a QUALIFYING School

  • If Your Student Attends a NON-QUALIFYING School

  • If You Have Students At QUALIFYING and NON-QUALIFYING Schools

Last Modified on September 5, 2023