July 23 , 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 to recipient agencies to place commodity food orders.
As you may remember from prior correspondence, only state warehouse and state Co-op agencies will be placing their commodity food orders in 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 when you place your commodity food order in the CNIPS.
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.
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.
Please note: The quantity of the order cannot exceed the amount displayed in the Available Extended Storage and the Available Allocation columns.
If you wish to order more than what is available, enter that quantity in the Additional Units column.
The cost of the Additional Units ordered will be displayed in the Used area of the Entitlement section and will reduce your agency’s Remaining Entitlement. Please note that the CNIPS will not allow you to exceed your agency’s available entitlement.
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 email@example.com.
Phyllis Bramson-Paul, Director
Nutrition Services Division