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President Approves California Disaster Declaration


The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division is sending this notice to all statewide participants in the Child Nutrition Programs in response to an emergency declaration on September 1, 2021 by President Biden for Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, and Placer counties.

On September 1, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that an emergency exists in the State of California and ordered federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the Caldor Fire beginning on August 14, 2021, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, and Placer.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

Guidelines on Disaster Relief

For information on President Biden’s disaster declaration, please refer to the White House Briefing Room web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab..

For information on Governor Newsom’s emergency proclamation, please refer to the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab..

For information on the CDE Resources for California Wildfires, please refer to the CDE Resources for California Wildfires web page.

For information on the CDE Disaster Relief Guidelines, please refer to the CDE Disaster Relief Guidelines web page.

For information on disaster assistance and resources in California, please refer to the CDE Disaster Resources web page.

For information on emergency resources from federal, state, and local agencies, please refer to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) websiteExternal link opens in new window or tab..

Reimbursement Claims Submission Flexibility

TheU.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can authorize the CDE to allow school food authorities, institutions, and sponsors to submit claims beyond the 60-day submission requirement. Claims submitted after 60 days, as a result of a disaster, are not subject to the one-time exception for late submissions. For more information on late claim submission due to disasters, refer to the USDA Policy Memoranda SP 46-2014, CACFP 12-2014, SFSP 18-2014 web document at USDA Food and Nutrition Disaster Assistance web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab..

For assistance with submitting your claim, contact your Child Nutrition Fiscal Service Analyst on the CDE Nutrition Services web page.

Use of U.S. Department of Agriculture Foods during a State and Federally Declared Disaster

Disaster relief organizations may designate schools as community feeding sites or request that schools provide their USDA Foods to other feeding sites. USDA Foods can be released on request to recognized disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross or the OES. Information regarding USDA Foods usage, reporting, and claiming procedures during a disaster can be found in Management Bulletin 02-401 on the CDE Use of USDA Foods in Disaster Feeding web page.

The Disaster Feeding Guidance for School Food Service using USDA Foods can be downloaded from the CDE Food Distribution Guidance, Manuals, and Resources web page.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the following programs:

School Nutrition Programs (SNP) & Summer Meal Programs
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Food Distribution Program
  • Augie Aguilar, Food Administration Unit Manager, by phone at 916-445-4850 or by email at aaguilar@cde.ca.gov.
Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, September 08, 2021
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