75 Cent Rate Increase Payment Information
Pursuant to the 2020 Budget Act, funds from the Federal Trust Fund and State General Fund have been appropriated for allocation by the California Department of Education to be used to increase rates for meals served during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible program operators that served meals between March 13, 2020 (when statewide closures began) through August 2020, inclusive, are eligible for an increased reimbursement of $0.75 for breakfasts and lunches served during that timeframe.
The supplemental $0.75 rate increase payments are currently being made to program operators. Payments made thus far cover April through August claims. For March 2020 meals, the CDE sent a survey to the field to identify the meals served during COVID-19 and has been working with sponsors to verify the information provided in order to determine the number of meals eligible for the increased rate. Due to the extended processing time needed to process March claims, sponsors can expect to receive separate payment checks for March 2020 during Spring 2021.
As a reminder, the supplemental rate increase is funded using both Federal CARES funds and State Proposition (Prop) 98 funds. Most program operators’ payments will be made from just one of the two funding sources. The information below will assist in identifying these payments within the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS).
Once logged into CNIPS, on the Claims Tab in the blue menu bar, select “Payment Summary” under Item. In the Payment Summary screen, there are four fields that will help provide important details regarding your $0.75 rate increase payments, including the Schedule Number, State Year, Fund Authority, and Account Description.
- Schedule Number: This is found on the far left of the Payment Summary screen. The “SUP-” prefix indicates that this is a supplemental reimbursement for the 75 cent rate increase.
- State Year: This is to the right of the Schedule Number. Remember that eligible meals spanned two Fiscal Years. March through June payments are reflected under the 2019–20 payment summary and July through August payments are reflected under the 2020-21 payment summary.
- Fund Authority: This is found on the far right of the Payment Summary screen. Temporarily, CNIPS will reflect that these payments are made from Federal funds, regardless of whether they were actually Federal CARES or State Prop 98 funds. This is a technical issue that we are working to correct. For your internal record keeping, when identifying the funding source, please instead use the Account Description information.
- Account Description: This is found on the second line of the Payment Summary screen, directly below the Schedule Number. This reflects whether the funds were Federal CARES funds or State Prop 98, or both. Please refer to this Account Description section when determining the funding source.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your Child Nutrition Fiscal Services Analyst using the analyst directory information provided on the Nutrition Services web page.