2018–19 State Meal Reimbursement Rates Restored
The purpose of this message is to inform School Nutrition Program Operators that the California Department of Education (CDE) has recently restored the state meal reimbursement rate for the School Nutrition Programs for May and June 2019.
California’s annual budget requires the CDE to prorate the amount of state reimbursement provided to eligible recipients in the event that funds appropriated in the Budget Act are insufficient. In fiscal year 2018-19, state funds were not sufficient to reimburse all eligible meals at the prescribed rate(s). Therefore, the CDE reduced the statutory reimbursement rate of $0.2368 to $0.2194 for May and June 2019 and to $0.1800 for remaining June 2019 claims, for every free and reduced-price (F/RP) breakfast and lunch served.
In fiscal year 2020-21, the CDE was appropriated additional funding to retroactively provide full reimbursement for all eligible meals served in fiscal year 2018-19. An additional payment will therefore be processed for all eligible meals that received a reimbursement of less than $0.2368.
Operators can expect to receive payment checks for the restored reimbursement rate by Spring 2021.
The information below will assist in identifying these payments within the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS).
Once logged into CNIPS, select school year 2018-2019, then 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 the $0.2368 restored rate 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.
- State Year: This is to the right of the Schedule Number and should indicate 2018-2019.
- Fund Authority: This is found on the far right of the Payment Summary screen. CNIPS will reflect that these payments are made from State Prop 98 funds.
- Account Description: This is found on the second line of the Payment Summary screen, directly below the Schedule Number.
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.