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Fiscal information to aid nutrition sponsors and to provide information about claiming meal reimbursements.
The California Department of Education (CDE) administers the School Nutrition Program (SNP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Once approved by the CDE to participate in these programs, each sponsor must submit a monthly claim for reimbursement via the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) to receive payment for meals served. Below are claim for reimbursement instructions, submission deadlines, and reimbursement rates.

Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS)

The CNIPS is the CDE's web-based system for administering the Federal and State Nutrition Programs. The CNIPS provides sponsoring agencies with the opportunity to submit claims for reimbursement electronically in a streamlined, timely manner. For further information and access to the CNIPS trainings, visit the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System web page.

Reimbursement Rates

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally assisted meal program that was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In California, this program provides nutritious meals and snacks to more than 500,000 children in day care homes and child care centers each day, as well as to more than 100,000 adults who receive care in nonresidential adult day care centers. The CACFP reaches even further to provide meals to children residing in homeless shelters, and snacks and suppers to youths participating in eligible after school care programs.

For specific details related to allowable operating and administrative costs, program income, and meals, please refer to the Child Care Centers or Day Care Home Sponsors Administrative Manuals or contact the CACFP Specialist for your sponsoring agency.

Claim Submission Information

Worksheets

  • CACFP Reimbursement Calculation Worksheet: Available in CNIPS, Download Forms, Form ID CACFP 95
    Monthly worksheet to calculate meal reimbursement for CACFP sponsors.

School Nutrition Program (SNP)

The School Nutrition Program (SNP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions throughout the United States. In California, nutritionally balanced low-cost or free meals are served to more than 4 million children each day through this program. The School Nutrition Program consists of the following program types, administered by the California Department of Education (CDE):  National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, Meal Supplements, and Seamless Summer Option.

For specific details related to allowable operating and administrative costs, program income, and meals, please refer to this link: School Nutrition Programs: Revenue and Costs or contact the SNP Specialist for your sponsoring agency. If the claim preparer has questions related to claim completion or payments, they may contact the Child Nutrition Fiscal Services Unit, 1-800-952-5609.

Claim Submission Information

Year-End Claim Submission Information

Worksheets

  • SNP and SSO Reimbursement Calculation Worksheet: Available in CNIPS, Download Forms, Form ID SNP 77
    Monthly worksheet to calculate meal reimbursement for School Nutrition Program and/or Seamless Summer Option sponsors.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally assisted meal program that was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the California Department of Education (CDE). The SFSP was developed in order to provide nutritious meals in lower-income areas during the summer months to children who would normally be eligible for free and reduced-price meals during the regular school year. CDE reimburses participating agencies (sponsors) meals times rates for the operational and administrative cost of providing meals.

For specific program details please refer to the Summer Food Service Program web page or contact the SFSP Specialist for your sponsoring agency. If the claim preparer has questions related to claim completion or payments, they may contact the Child Nutrition Fiscal Services Unit at 1-800-952-5609.

Claiming Submission Information

Worksheets

  • SFSP Reimbursement Calculation Worksheet: Available in CNIPS, Download Forms, Form ID SFSP 57
    Monthly worksheet to calculate meal reimbursement for SFSP sponsors.

Analyst Directory

Directory of Nutrition Claims Analysts for SNP and SFSP claims-related questions. Please include your Vendor number and CNIPS ID on all email correspondence with your Claims Analyst.

County No. County Name Analyst Name Analyst E-mail Phone
01
Alameda
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
02
Alpine
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
03
Amador
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
04
Butte
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
05
Calaveras
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
06
Colusa
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
07
Contra Costa
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
08
Del Norte
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
09
El Dorado
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
10
Fresno
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
11
Glenn
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
12
Humboldt
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
13
Imperial
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
14
Inyo
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
15
Kern
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
16
Kings
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
17
Lake
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
18
Lassen
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
19
Los Angeles, A-F
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
19
Los Angeles, G-K
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
19
Los Angeles, L-Q, 0-9
Hoang Bui
916-319-0771
19
Los Angeles, R-Z
Coleman Thomason
916-323-4027
20
Madera
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
21
Marin
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
22
Mariposa
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
23
Mendocino
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
24
Merced
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
25
Modoc
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
26
Mono
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
27
Monterey
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
28
Napa
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
29
Nevada
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
30
Orange
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
31
Placer
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
32
Plumas
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
33
Riverside
Jackie Quenga
916-322-8313
34
Sacramento
Coleman Thomason
916-323-4027
35
San Benito
Coleman Thomason
916-323-4027
36
San Bernardino
Coleman Thomason CThomason@cde.ca.gov 916-323-4027
37
San Diego
Coleman Thomason
916-323-4027
38
San Francisco
Coleman Thomason
916-323-4027
39
San Joaquin
Coleman Thomason
916-323-4027
40
San Luis Obispo
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
41
San Mateo
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
42
Santa Barbara
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
43
Santa Clara
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
44
Santa Cruz
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
45
Shasta
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
46
Sierra
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
47
Siskiyou
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
48
Solano
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
49
Sonoma
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
50
Stanislaus
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
51
Sutter
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
52
Tehama
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
53
Trinity
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
54
Tulare
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
55
Tuolumne
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
56
Ventura
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
57
Yolo
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
58
Yuba
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646
60
Miscellaneous
Lynn Leckliter
916-327-8646

Please direct all claims-related questions for the CACFP to Justin Studevan at JStudevan@cde.ca.gov. Additional information can be found on the California Department of Education Nutrition web page.

Questions: Child Nutrition Fiscal Services | 800-952-5609 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 22, 2022
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