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Reimbursement for Emergency Shelters


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This webpage provides information regarding reimbursement of meals and snacks served by emergency shelters participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Under the American Rescue Plan Act (Public Law 117-2), beginning on March 11, 2021, reimbursement at the free rate may be claimed for all reimbursable meals and snacks served to young adults, ages 18 through 24, who reside in an emergency shelter participating in the CACFP.

Reimbursement is authorized from the date of enactment of Public Law 117-2 until the date the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted. Retroactive reimbursement is available to institutions that have documentation to support the service of reimbursable meals and snacks to eligible adults. Valid retroactive claims for meals and snacks served back to March 11, 2021, will be paid without regard to the normal 60-day time limit on submission of claims, if they are submitted prior to June 1, 2021.

For more information, please review the USDA policy memoExternal link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

Contact Information

For questions regarding this subject, please contact the Community Nutrition Programs Unit by email at CACFP@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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