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Permanent Single Agreement for CNPs

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy
To: Child Nutrition Program Sponsors Number: USDA-CNP-08-2012
Attention: Food Service and Program Directors Date: September 2012
Subject: Permanent Single Agreement for Child Nutrition Programs
Reference: Title 7 Code of Federal Regulations sections 210.9(b); 215.7(d); 220.7(e); 225.6(e); and 226.6(b)(4)(ii)(A)

This Management Bulletin (MB) provides information regarding the Permanent Single Agreement for Child Nutrition Programs (Single Agreement) for all school food authorities (SFA) participating in any Child Nutrition Program (CNP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that if a single state agency administers any combination of the CNPs, that state agency shall provide each SFA with a single agreement with respect to the operation of those programs. The CNPs include the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Afterschool Meal Supplement (Snacks) Program (AMS), Special Milk Program (SMP), Seamless Summer Feeding Option (SSFO), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Food Distribution Program (FDP) and California State Meal Program (STMP). There is no action required at this time by SFAs currently participating in CNPs.


The Single Agreement replaces the current Program Agreement(s) with the California Department of Education (CDE) for each program listed above. The Single Agreement complies with the USDA requirement for state agencies to provide each SFA with a Single Agreement when a state agency administers any combination of CNPs.

The purpose of the Single Agreement is to make it easier for SFAs operating more than one CNP to enter into only one Agreement instead of having separate agreements for each CNP. The CDE will be implementing the Single Agreement for all SFAs, regardless of the number of programs they operate. The Single Agreement's implementation will begin with program applicants approved for participation in July 2012. The Nutrition Services Division plans to implement the Single Agreement for existing sponsors by July 2013. The CDE will provide existing SFAs with instructions prior to school year (SY) 2013–14. To implement the Single Agreement, SFAs will download the Single Agreement form from the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS), read and sign the form, and submit it to the CDE.

In addition to the requirements of the Single Agreement, the SFA must comply with all requirements included in other documents submitted as part of each program application process.


Following is the implementation timeline:

  • Effective July 1, 2012, for SY 2012–13, all new SFAs will be required to complete the Single Agreement when applying for participation in the NSLP, SBP, AMS, CACFP, SFSP, SSFO, FDP, SMP, and/or STMP. All existing SFAs adding program(s) to their currently existing program(s) will be required to complete the Single Agreement as well.
  • Effective July 1, 2013, for SY 2013–14, all existing SFAs already participating in CNPs will be required to complete the Single Agreement for all CNPs in which they are currently participating. This Single Agreement will replace prior agreements.

For existing SFAs, the Single Agreement is available in the SNP Download Forms section of the CNIPS, listed as “Permanent Single Agreement for Child Nutrition Programs” or Form SNP-NSLP-01.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact staff for the applicable program listed below:

NSLP, SBP, SMP, SSFO and STMP: Contact your School Nutrition Program (SNP) County Analyst. The SNP County Specialist list is available in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) Download Form section, Form Caseload SNP.

CACFP: Nancy Charpentier, Office Technician, by phone at 916-327-2991 or by e-mail at

SFSP: Larry Frakes, Office Technician, by phone at 916-322-8323 or by e-mail at

FDP: Amy Bell, FDP Specialist, by phone at 916-322-5051 or by e-mail at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, February 8, 2016
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