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2014-15 SNP Reimbursement Rates

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors

Attention: Food Service Directors and Business Officials

Number: SNP-31-2014

Date: October 2014

Reference: Federal Register, Volume 79, Number 136, July 16, 2014; California State Budget Act Fiscal Year 2014–15

Subject: Reimbursement Rates for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Special Milk Programs for School Year 2014–15

This Management Bulletin (MB) provides school food authorities (SFA) (local educational agencies [LEA] participating in federal school meal programs) with updated annual reimbursement rates for School Nutrition Programs (SNP) for School Year (SY) 2014–15.

Federal Reimbursement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established SY 2014–15 federal reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Special Milk Program (SMP), and Afterschool Meal Supplements as part of the NSLP (also known as Snacks). These rates also apply to the Seamless Summer Feeding Option.

Please note the following changes in federal reimbursements for SY 2014–15:

  • The SMP paid rate for SY 2014–15 is now $0.2300, which is an increase of 13.45 percent, or $0.0275 per half pint, from the $0.2025 rate in SY 2013–14.

  • The reimbursement rate chart includes the additional $0.06 per lunch reimbursement for certification of compliance with the updated meal requirements for the NSLP under Section 201 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The annual federal payments and rate adjustments for the NSLP and SBP reflect changes in the Food Away From Home series of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. The annual rate adjustment for the SMP reflects changes in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products. All reimbursement rates (current and prior year) are available on the CDE Rates, Eligibility Scales, and Funding Web page at

State Meal Reimbursement

The 2014–15 State Budget Act provides for a cost of living increase for State Meal reimbursement; therefore, the Proposition (Prop) 98 State Meal rate for SNPs has increased 8 percent from $0.2229 to $0.2248 for each free and reduced-price (F/RP) lunch and breakfast that eligible SFAs serve.

The current 2014–15 State Meal reimbursement rates apply to each F/RP breakfast and lunch served at the following LEA types:

  • Prop 98 LEAs participating in federal SNPs, with annual Certification—$0.2248

  • Prop 98 LEAs participating in federal SNPs, without annual Certification—$0.0000
Food Distribution Program Meal Rate

The USDA Foods per meal rate for SY 2014–15 is $0.2475, an increase of $0.015 from the $0.2325 SY 2013–14 rate. To comply with Section 6(e) of the National School Lunch Act, which requires that USDA Foods account for at least 12 percent of total cash assistance for the NSLP, the USDA has added an additional $0.0569, raising the effective USDA Foods per meal rate to $0.3044.

For detailed information on reimbursement rates, please download the SNP SY 2014-15 Reimbursement Rates Web document at [Note: the preceding web address is no longer available.]

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact your SNP County Specialist. The SNP County Specialist list is available in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System Download Forms section, Form ID Caseload SNP. You can also contact the SNP Office Technician by phone at 916-322-1450, 916-322-3005, or 800-952-5609.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, April 9, 2021
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