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2022 Kitchen Infrastructure and Training Funds


This information announces the release of the noncompetitive 2022 Kitchen Infrastructure and Training (KIT) funds online registration form and updated web page. These funds are an excellent opportunity to support freshly prepared meals in your Universal Meals service.

Information about the 2022 KIT funds, including the link to the online opt-in registration form, can be found on the California Department of Education (CDE) KIT Funds web page.

Mandatory Online Registration Form

  • Deadline: November 30, 2022, at 5 p.m.
  • The online registration form is found on the 2022 KIT Funds web page, under the Guidelines tab
  • Late submissions will be allowed, but are not guaranteed funding
  • To assist in completing the online registration form, please be ready to estimate for the current school year, the percentage of:
    • California-grown foods purchased in your district
    • Meals that are freshly prepared on site or in a central kitchen (scratch or speed scratch)

Funds Expenditure Deadline: Funds must be spent by June 30, 2025.

2022 KIT Funds Background

Purpose of the 2022 KIT Funds:

  • Expend on kitchen infrastructure upgrades and food service staff training that will increase a school’s capacity to prepare meals served and improve the nutritional quality of food served through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) including for freshly prepared on site meals, using minimally processed, locally grown, and sustainable food, or for expanding meal options for pupils with restricted diets.
Eligible Agencies

An eligible local educational agency (LEA) is defined in the law as a school district, county office of education, or charter school, that sponsors either the NSLP or SBP.

Note: Agencies that received 2021 KIT Funds are eligible to receive 2022 KIT Funds.

All qualifying agencies must submit a timely 2022 KIT Funds online registration form.

Expenditures

Funds can be used to purchase equipment for cooking, service, refrigeration and storage, transportation between sites, as well as for kitchen infrastructure system needs, training, and professional development for LEA food service staff, and to provide additional compensation for additional work relating to serving universal school meals.

Funding Amounts:

All eligible LEAs can receive:

  • $100,000 base amount
  • An additional amount proportionate to the number of total NSLP and SBP meals claimed during October 2021

LEAs may also receive additional funding:

  • An LEA that agrees to attest that at least 40 percent of NSLP and SBP meals are freshly prepared on site beginning in school year 2023–24.
  • A rough estimate of the additional amount an LEA may receive for attesting can be calculated by multiplying the number of total NSLP and SBP meals claimed during October 2021 by $2.83. Note that your LEA may want to assess if they are able to commit to serving freshly prepared meals based on funding amounts, staffing, and other factors.
  • “Freshly prepared meals” means food service in which the preparation of meals takes place on a daily basis at the site of consumption or in a central kitchen, using whole ingredients in their most basic, minimally processed form, or cooking with both fresh, raw, whole ingredients and ready-made products.

Note: LEAs that did not receive meal reimbursements for October 2021 are only eligible for the $100,000 base funding amount.

Additional Funding Opportunity Coming Soon–School Food Best Practices

In addition to the $600 million for 2022 KIT, the California Legislature also provided $100 million for School Food Best Practices. These funds will support procurement and utilization of California-grown or produced foods in freshly prepared on-site meals. Additional information, including a separate online application for this funding, will be released in early 2023.

Contact Information

After reviewing the KIT Funds web page found on the CDE website, if you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the CDE KIT Funds Team by email at KITfunds@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, November 4, 2022
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