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 for all claiming types can be found at the California Department of Education Web Site at Rates, Eligibility Scales, & Funding.
Claiming Submission Information
Food Program Reimbursement Instructions
Summer Food Service Program Reimbursement Claim Instructions.
- Late Claims
Summer Food Service Program policies and procedures for submitting late claims.
- SFSP Claim Submission Deadlines
Claim submission deadline dates for Summer Food Service Program.
- SFSP Address Changes
Instructions for submitting SFSP Address Changes.
- Printable Claim Instructions Booklet - Summer Food Service Program (DOC)
Claim for Reimbursement instructions for sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program.
- Corrective Action Plan (DOC)
Corrective Action Plan to accompany sponsor late claims.
Reimbursement Worksheet (DOC)
Monthly Reimbursement Calculation Worksheet to compute the federal reimbursement for meals served.