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Reimbursement Rates for School Nutrition Programs


On July 28, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the new reimbursement rates for the School Nutrition Programs (SNP) and Food Distribution Program (FDP).

In addition, on April 20, 2021, the USDA issued child nutrition response #85 and #86 which allows program operators to serve meals to students at no charge under the Seamless Summer Feeding Option (SSO) during the 2021‒22 School Year (SY). Program operators that operate the SSO in SY 2021‒22 will receive reimbursement equivalent to the Summer Food Service Program rural self-prep rate.

For detailed information on reimbursement rates, please see the California Department of Education (CDE) Child Nutrition Program (CNP) Meal Reimbursement Rates web page.
School Nutrition Programs Reimbursement Rates

The annual federal reimbursement rate adjustments for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program reflect changes in the Food Away From Home series of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. The annual rate adjustment for the School Milk Program reflects changes in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products.

The SNP Reimbursement Rates for July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, document is available in the Download Forms section of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS)External link opens in new window or tab..
State Meal Reimbursement Rates

The Proposition (Prop) 98 State Meal reimbursement rate for SNPs for SY 2020–21 has increased from $0.24445 to $0.2487 for SY 2021–22. This rate applies for each free and reduced-price (F/RP) lunch and breakfast that eligible program operators serve. Eligible program operators include school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools that certify in accordance with Education Code 49430.7

The 2021–22 State Meal reimbursement rate also applies to each Seamless Summer Option breakfast and lunch served.
Food Distribution Program Meal Rate

The effective USDA Foods per meal rate for SY 2021–22 is $0.3975. The USDA Foods initial base per meal rate published for SY 2021–22 is $0.2600, an increase of $0.015 from the $0.2450 base rate in SY 2020–21. However, to comply with Section 6(e) of the National School Lunch Act, which requires that USDA Foods account for at least 12 percent of the total cash assistance for the NSLP, and an additional $20 million that was provided for breakfast, the USDA added an additional $0.1375 to the base rate, increasing the effective USDA Foods per meal rate to $0.3975.

Currently, the USDA is in the process of updating the Federal Register notice. Once complete, the notice can be viewed on the USDA Food Distribution Value of Donated Food Notices web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab..

Contact Information

SNP: If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact your SNP Specialist. A list of SNP Specialists is available in the Download Forms section of the CNIPSExternal link opens in new window or tab., Form ID Caseload. You can also contact the SNP Office Technicians by phone at 916-322-3005, or 916-322-1450, or 800-952-5609, option 2.

FDP: If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Amy Bell, Child Nutrition Consultant, by phone at 916-322-5051 or by email at abell@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 24, 2021
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