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2023–24 CNP Reimbursement Rates

Child Nutrition Program (CNP) meal reimbursement rates.

Reimbursement rates shown below are for July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024.

School Breakfast Program (SBP)

Type of Meal Free Reduced-Price Paid
Basic Breakfast
Severe Need Breakfast

Note: Severe Need Breakfast is for approved sites that served 40 percent or more free and reduced-price lunches in 2021–22, or 2022–23 if no National School Lunch Program data was available in 2021–22.

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

Description Free Free+8 cents* Reduced-Price Reduced-Price+8 cents* Paid Paid+8 cents*
Agencies that served less than 60% free/reduced-price lunches in 2022–23
Agencies that served 60% or more free/reduced-price lunches in 2022–23
Commodity Value

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 are eligible to receive an additional 8 cents, performance-based cash assistance, for each reimbursable lunch served.

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

Meal Free Reduced-Price Paid

State Meal Reimbursement for Public Schools, Charter Schools, and County Offices of Education 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
Not Applicable
Agencies eligible for EC Section 49501.5 reimbursement for lunches*
Not Applicable
Agencies eligible for EC Section 49501.5 reimbursement for breakfasts*
Not Applicable
Agencies eligible for EC Section 49501.5 reimbursement for severe need breakfasts*
Not Applicable

Note: Public school, charter school, and county office of education sites are only eligible for state meal reimbursement if approved to operate both the SBP and NSLP, and are serving both breakfast and lunch each instructional day in accordance with EC Section 49501.5 and the Universal Meal Program Guidelines.

*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: $0.2625


Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Reimbursement Rates

Reimbursement rates shown below are effective from January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2023.

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 $4.950 $4.8700
Snacks $1.1675 $1.1400
Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 17, 2023
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