Supply Chain Assistance Funds
On July 7, 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released policy memo SP 15-2022: Second Allocation of Supply Chain Assistance (SCA) Funds to Alleviate Supply Chain Disruptions in the School Meal Programs.
Approximately $108 million in federal funding will be made available to all eligible school food authorities (SFA) in California who are experiencing supply chain challenges and financial difficulties related to such. SCA funds will be disbursed using a pre-determined formula with two components: a base amount of $5,000 and a proportional amount based on each SFA’s student enrollment. The SCA funds must be used exclusively to purchase unprocessed or minimally processed domestic food products and may not be used to cover the cost of past expenditures.
The California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division (NSD) anticipates that the second allocation of SCA funds will be distributed to eligible SFAs by October 2022.
More information about policy memo SP 15-2022 and the SCA funds can be found on the USDA Documents and Resources web page.
SFAs that received the first allocation will not be required to submit another attestation to receive the second allocation. Instead, there will be an option to opt out of the second allocation.
Additionally, the NSD will reopen the attestation so that SFAs that declined the first round of funds or did not submit an attestation will have the opportunity to receive the second round of the SCA Funds. The NSD anticipates reopening the attestation in August 2022.
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please email NSD staff at SCAFunds@cde.ca.gov.