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Summer Food Service Program

Child Nutrition program to feed children during the summer months.


The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally assisted meal program that was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the California Department of Education (CDE). The SFSP was developed in order to provide nutritious meals in lower-income areas during the summer months to children who would normally be eligible for free and reduced-price meals during the regular school year. CDE reimburses participating agencies (sponsors) meals times rates for the operational and administrative cost of providing meals.

Once approved to participate in the SFSP, each sponsor must submit a monthly Claim for Reimbursement to receive payment for meals served. Instructions are provided in this publication to assist the claim preparer. If the claim preparer has questions related to claim completion or payments, he or she may contact the Child Nutrition Fiscal Services Unit at 916-319-0771.

For specific program details please refer to the Summer Food Service Program Web page or contact the SFSP Program Specialist for your sponsoring agency at 800-952-5609.

Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS)

CNIPS is the CDE's new web-based system for administering the federal and state Nutrition Programs, including the SFSP. CNIPS provides sponsors with the opportunity to submit claims for reimbursement electronically in a streamlined, timely manner, which eliminates the need for paper claim submission. For access to the CNIPS web page and electronic claim submission go to the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System site.

Reimbursement Rates

Claiming Submission Information

Printable Worksheets

Questions: Lenor Wisco-Jang | | 916-319-0771 
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