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Disbursement of State Meal Reimbursement


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Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsors and Day Care Home Sponsors

Number: 05-201

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: March 2005

Subject: Disbursement of State Meal Reimbursement

Reference: Day Care Home Sponsors Administrative Manual

This Management Bulletin revises the Day Care Home (DCH) Sponsors Administrative Manual Section 511 B entitled State Meal Reimbursement. Effective immediately, DCH sponsors are not required to disburse state reimbursement payments to day care home providers within five working days of receipt.

Previous guidance required that DCH sponsors disburse all reimbursement to providers within five working days of receipt. We have determined that this time requirement does not apply to state meal reimbursement. To help reduce administrative costs to your program, DCH sponsors may disburse the state reimbursement payments at the same time they disburse the next federal reimbursement payment to providers.

Please note that the requirement to disburse reimbursement to providers within five working days is a federal regulation and applies to the federal reimbursement.

Please share this information with your accounting staff.

If you have any questions, please contact your Nutrition Services Division representative in the Field Services Unit at 916-445-0850 or 800-952-5609.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 10, 2021
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