July 6, 2010
Dear Food Distribution Program Recipient Agency:
The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) is excited to announce that the Food Distribution Program (FDP) component of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) is now available for your use.
As you may remember from prior correspondence about the CNIPS:
The information in this communication will help you start using the CNIPS, even if you did not attend a training session. We suggest that you read this information thoroughly and have it available the first time you Log On to the CNIPS FDP module.
The CNIPS can be accessed by typing the following Web address into your Internet toolbar: https://www.cnips.ca.gov.
Please note: The CNIPS site is a secure Web site. Therefore, you must type the Web address as stated above or you will not be able to access the CNIPS site.
In the spaces provided, type in your User ID and password and select Log On.
Choose the Food Distribution Program tile on the Programs Menu.
The FDP Contract Packet component of the CNIPS must be completed and submitted to the NSD for review and approval for all FDP agencies.
The Contract Packet is separated into four sections: FDP Contract, Agency Information Update/Certification, Contacts, and Delivery Locations.
Please note: Under the Status heading, the FDP Contract status will display as Unapproved. This means that the FDP Contract must be completed, verified, and submitted to the NSD. The red arrows denote the fields that require information from you.
The NSD has already transferred your agency’s information from our prior system. Therefore, when you open your Contract Packet, you need to review the information to ensure it is correct. You will notice that some fields are blank. This information was not available in our previous system; therefore, you must complete these fields in the CNIPS.
The following is a list of the sections that you must complete in the CNIPS FDP Contract.
There are three components that must be completed for this section: the Program, the Ordering, and the Billing Contact information.
For each Component follow these steps:
After you complete the FDP Contract, Agency Information Update/Certification, Contacts, and Delivery Locations, the FDP Contract Packet is ready to be submitted for approval. The red arrows will disappear when all information is entered.
Congratulations! You have submitted your FDP Contract Packet in the CNIPS. No further work is needed by your agency.
The NSD offers the following resources to assist you.
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Amy Bell, Commodity Consultant, Nutrition Services Division, by phone at 916-322-5051 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phyllis Bramson-Paul, Director
Nutrition Services Division