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2012-13 Reimbursement Rates for the CACFP

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Beneficial Information

To: Child and Adult Care Food Program Day Care Home Sponsors

Number: NSD-CACFP-13-2012

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: May 2012

Subject: 2012–13 Reimbursement Rates for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Reference: Federal Register, Volume 77, Number 142, July 24, 2012

This Management Bulletin (MB) provides the annual reimbursement rates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2012–13. Included are both the federal rates established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the CACFP, and the State Meal reimbursement rates for child care agencies operated by a public school food authority (SFA) outlined in the 2012–13 California State Budget. These reimbursement rates are effective July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013.

As mentioned previously in the ListServ dated June 29, 2012, “Clarification of Elimination of State Meal Reimbursement,” the appropriation for the State Meal supplemental reimbursement for sponsors not eligible to receive Proposition 98 funding was eliminated from the state budget for SFY 2012–13. This state funding was available to reimburse free and reduced-price meals served by private schools, private child care centers, other private entities, and government entities that are not public SFAs. These agencies will continue to receive federal funding for meal reimbursement, which has increased for SFY 2012–13.

These new federal and state reimbursement rates are also available on the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division’s Rates, Eligibility Scales, and Funding Web page at

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Reimbursement Rates for July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013
  Free Reduced-Price Base
Breakfast $1.55 $1.25 $0.27
Lunch and Supper $2.86 $2.46 $0.27
Supplement $0.78 $0.39 $0.07

Note: CACFP center rates DO NOT include cash-in-lieu value for commodities. Centers receive cash-in-lieu of commodities equal to $0.2275 for each lunch and supper served to enrolled participants.

Day Care Homes (Child Care Only) - Federal Reimbursement
  Breakfast Lunch/Supper Supplements (Snacks)
Tier I $1.27 $2.38 $0.71
Tier II $0.46 $1.44 $0.19
Administrative Reimbursement for Day Care Home Sponsors
  Initial 50 day care homes Next 150 day care homes Next 800 day care homes Each additional day care home
Monthly Rate per Home $107 $82 $64 $56
State Meal Reimbursement for Child Care Centers Administered by a Public School Food Authority
  Free Reduced-Price Base
Breakfast $0.1634 $0.1634 Not Applicable
Lunch $0.1634 $0.1634 Not Applicable
State Meal Reimbursement for Day Care Homes Sponsored by a Public School Food Authority
Breakfast / Lunch Day Care Home Sponsoring Organizations that are Public School Food Authorities receive $0.1634 state reimbursement for 75 percent of the breakfast and lunches served to participating children.

If your agency has questions regarding this MB, please contact the CACFP Specialist assigned to your agency. You will find a list of contact information for specialists in the Download Forms section of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System. You may also contact Nancy Charpentier, CACFP Office Technician, by phone at 916-327-2991 or by e-mail at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, January 26, 2015

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