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School Nutrition Program


The School Nutrition Program (SNP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions throughout the United States. Through this program, nutritionally balanced low-cost or free meals are served to more than 30 million children daily. The School Nutrition Programs consist of the following program types:  National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, Meal Supplements, and Seamless Summer Feeding Option. California's School Nutrition Programs are administered by the California Department of Education (CDE).

Once approved by the CDE to participate in the SNP, each sponsor must submit a monthly Claim for Reimbursement via the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) to receive payment for meals served. If the claim preparer has questions related to claim completion or payments, he or she may contact the Child Nutrition Fiscal Services Unit, 916-322-8313.

For specific details related to allowable operating and administrative costs, program income, and meals, please refer to this link: School Nutrition Programs: Revenue and Costs or contact the field consultant for your sponsoring agency.

Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS)

CNIPS is the CDE's web-based system for administering the federal and state Nutrition Programs, including National School Lunch and Breakfast, Food Distribution, Special Milk, and Seamless Summer Feeding Option programs. 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

Claim Submission Information

Year-End Claim Submission Information

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