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Nutrition CARES Act Guidance


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On May 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued guidance regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides funding to Child Nutrition Programs to assist with the impact of COVID-19. The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) is providing clarification on how the CARES funding can be used.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed us that these funds can only be used for paying reimbursement claims for actual meals served to eligible children in the National School Lunch Program, Summer Seamless Option, and School Breakfast Programs, Special Milk Program, Child and Adult Care Food, and Summer Food Service Programs, and therefore cannot be used to offset revenue loss. In addition, these funds can only be used for claims during the time period March through September 2020.

The CDE NSD is committed to advocate and support your needs. We are seeking additional flexibility for the use of CARES Act funds for child nutrition programs to ensure students continue to receive nutritious meals during this difficult time.

Please note, these funds cannot be used for Child Care Audit, Child Care Sponsor Administration, Summer Food Service State Administrative Expenses or Health Inspections.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Mike Salazar, Financial Management Unit Manager, by phone at 916-322-3287 or by email at msalazar@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 28, 2020
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