Community Eligibility Provision

Beginning the 2018-19 school year, Ferris ISD Food Service qualifies for a new program. This program is Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

CEP means every student enrolled at FISD will receive a free breakfast and a free lunch each day. How is this possible? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) have added students who receive Medicaid to our list of those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and Homeless and Migrant funds. By adding Medicaid our number of free students grew, allowing us to move to CEP.

What does this mean to me and my student?

  • No applications will have to be completed.
  • No student will need to charge meals.
  • No student will receive the alternate tray.

What do I need to do?
Cancel all automatic payments set up through  This web site will shut down this July to allow everyone time to cancel automatic payments. We will open it back up in August.

What about money left in my student's account?
Each campus will continue to sell extra items, pizza, milk and yeast rolls. Your student may use their money for these items.

May I deposit money into my student's account for extras?
Yes, you may. Your student’s lunch accounts will follow your students as they move across campuses. Account money will be available for those extra purchases.

My student is a graduating senior. What happens to their money?
Do you have other students in the district? If so, we can easily move that money. Just let us know how you prefer to handle it.

We want to thank each of you for allowing us to serve your students. CEP will allow our staff to serve each student without the worry of money because a hungry student cannot learn.

Gay Clark
Director of Food Services