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Cash-in-Lieu of USDA Foods Survey


Every two years, the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) surveys Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Operators to determine the statewide interest in receiving either U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods entitlement or cash-in-lieu (CIL). Based on past survey results, currently all CACFP Operators receive CIL.

For each lunch and supper claimed, CACFP Operators receive an additional $0.2450, referred to as CIL of USDA Foods. For example, a center operator currently receives $3.755 for a lunch or supper reimbursed at the free rate—$0.2450 of this amount is the CIL.

It is important to note that a CACFP Operator cannot receive both the additional $0.2450 CIL and USDA Foods entitlement.

For a current USDA Foods Price List containing products offered, quantities, and estimated entitlement prices, please visit the CDE USDA Foods Program Information web page.

The next survey to determine CACFP CIL or USDA Foods entitlement is scheduled for release in Program Year (PY) 2022–23, and we encourage CACFP Operators to participate in this survey. The NSD will use the feedback to determine viable USDA Foods options in the future.

Please complete the PY 2020-21 CIL survey.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact your CACFP County Specialist. The County Specialist list for the CACFP is available in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) Download Forms section, Form ID CACFP 01.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, March 26, 2021
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