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2013-14 SBP and SFSP Start-up and Expansion Grants

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Beneficial Information
To: Public School Districts
Direct Funded Charter Schools
County Superintendents of Schools
Number: NSD-SNP-02-2013
Attention: Food Service Director
Chief Business Official
Chief Financial Officer
Date: February 2013
Subject: Letter of Intent: Availability for the School Breakfast and Summer Food Service Programs Start-up and Expansion Grants for State Fiscal Year 2013–14
Reference: California Education Code Section 49550.3; 2012–13 State Budget Act

This Management Bulletin (MB) announces the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Start-up and Expansion Grants. The annual state budget appropriates approximately $1.017 million for this grant program. California Education Code Section 49550.3 authorizes the California Department of Education (CDE) to award competitive grants of up to $15,000 per school site for nonrecurring expenses incurred in initiating or expanding an SBP or SFSP. The following types of grants are available:

  • Start-up grants are for per site costs associated with starting an SBP or SFSP.

  • Expansion grants are for the costs associated with increasing program participation at an existing SBP or SFSP site.

These grants support State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s Team California for Healthy Kids campaign to promote good eating habits. The Superintendent shared in the following letter dated September 2012:

The BreakfastFirst campaign aims to ensure that all students are served an optimally nutritious breakfast using innovative models such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab-and-Go, and Second Chance Breakfast. These models are known to dramatically increase meal participation, bringing the benefits of school breakfast to the maximum number of students.

The full letter is located on the CDE School Breakfast Program Letters Web page at

The CDE is offering these grants to public school districts, direct-funded charter schools, and county offices of education. Hereinafter, these eligible agencies will be referred to as School Food Authorities (SFA). Private schools, residential child care institutions, and juvenile detention centers are not eligible to receive these grants.

Agencies that are interested in applying for a grant must either be currently participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or SBP or have been determined eligible by the CDE’s Nutrition Services Division (NSD), School Nutrition Programs Unit (SNPU). Please contact the SNPU, by phone at 800-952-5609, to be routed to your county analyst if you wish to begin an application.

The CDE will provide funding for SBP/SFSP grants as long as funds are available. Please note that grant recipients will receive 90 percent of the funding at the time of award with the remaining 10 percent awarded upon approval of all invoices. The CDE will recover funds from SFAs that do not submit invoices for approved budget items within the award time frame. There is no “cost sharing” or “matching funds” requirement for these grants.

An SFA may apply for one or both types (SBP or SFSP) of grants; however, only one type of grant may be awarded per school site. School districts may apply for a grant for a locally funded charter school that is operating the NSLP and/or SBP under the district’s agreement with the CDE. Additionally, an SFA operating the Seamless Summer Feeding Option may apply for funding to initiate or expand the SFSP. 

The CDE reserves the right to ensure a balance of funding among the SBP and the SFSP as well as among start-up and expansion grants.
Application Deadline

The NSD must receive original copies of completed grant applications on or before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the following address:

 James Rickner, School Nutrition Programs Unit
Nutrition Services Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4503
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Please refer to the Instructions, page 9 of 12, for more details.

Grant applications are available to download from the CDE Funding Web page at or by contacting James Rickner, School Nutrition Programs Specialist, by phone at 916-445-7360 or 800-952-5609, or by e-mail at

Please share this MB with your district or agency management and business personnel as appropriate.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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