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2022–23 CNP Reimbursement Rates

Child Nutrition Program (CNP) meal reimbursement rates.
Important Notice: CACFP Program Moved to CDSS

The Early Childhood Development Act of 2020 (Senate Bill (SB) 98, Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) authorized the transfer of child care and development programs administered by the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) effective July 1, 2021. The content on this page may not be current and involves the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that has moved to CDSS. Visit the CDSS CACFP web page External link opens in new window or tab. or call 1-833-559-2420 for more information.

School Nutrition Program (SNP) Rates

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Rates

School Nutrition Programs (SNP) Reimbursement Rates

Reimbursement rates shown below are for July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023

Total (Combined) Reimbursement

School Breakfast Program

Type of Meal Free Reduced-Price Paid
Basic Breakfast $2.26 $1.96 $0.50
Especially Needy Breakfast $2.67 $2.37 $0.50

Note: Especially Needy Breakfast is for approved sites that served 40 percent or more free and reduced-price lunches in 2021–2022.

National School Lunch Program

Description Free Free+8 cents* Reduced-Price Reduced-Price+8 cents* Paid Paid+8cents*
Agencies that served less than 60% free/reduced-price lunches in 2021–22 $4.33 $4.41 $3.93 $4.01 $0.77 $0.85
Agencies that served 60% or more free/reduced-price lunches in 2021–22 $4.35 $4.43 $3.95 $4.03 $0.79 $0.87
Commodity Value $0.4300 $0.4300 $0.4300 $0.4300 $0.4300 $0.4300

Note: Payments listed for free and reduced-price lunches include both section 4 and section 11 funds of the National School Lunch Act.

*Certified School Food Authorities (SFA) are eligible to receive performance-based cash assistance for each reimbursable lunch served beginning October 1, 2012.

Meal Supplements (After-School Snacks) in the National School Lunch Program

Meal Free Reduced-Price Paid
Snacks $1.08 $0.54 $0.09

State Meal Program and State Meal Reimbursement for Public SFAs Serving Breakfasts and Lunches in Federal Meal Programs

Agency Type Free Reduced-Price Paid
Prop 98 Agencies certified with California Education Code (EC) sections 49430 & 49430.7 $0.8950
Not Applicable
Agencies eligible for Universal Meals Program state reimbursement for lunches per EC 49501.5* Not Applicable $0.40 $4.455
Agencies eligible for Universal Meals Program state reimbursement for breakfasts per EC 49501.5* Not Applicable $0.30 $2.655
Agencies eligible for Universal Meals Program state reimbursement for severe need breakfasts per EC 49501.5* Not Applicable $0.30 $3.065
 Prop 98 Agencies not certified with EC sections 49430 & 49430.7
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
All Other (or non-Prop 98)
Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

*Reimbursements shown are the base-level rates eligible sponsors can expect, these rates may increase depending on eligible site level data.

Special Milk Program

Free Reduced-Price Paid
Average cost per half pint
Not Applicable
Per half pint: $0.2700

Seamless Summer Feeding Option*

Type of Meal Rural or Self-prep
 Lunch or Supper

*The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued child nutrition response #85 which allows SFAs to serve meals to students at no charge under the Seamless Summer Feeding Option (SSO) during the 2021‒22 School Year (SY). In addition, the USDA issued child nutrition response #86, that provides SFAs that operate the SSO in SY 2021‒22 reimbursement equivalent to the Summer Food Service Program rural self-prep rate.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Reimbursement Rates

Reimbursement rates shown below are effective from January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022.

Total (combined) reimbursement includes operating and administrative components.

SFSP Reimbursement Rates

Type of Meal Rural or Self-prep All Other Site Types
Lunch or Supper
Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, August 17, 2022
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