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Governor Newsom Proclaims Storm State of Emergency

The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division is sending this notice to all statewide participants in the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) in response to an emergency proclamation issued on March 8, 2023, by Governor Gavin Newsom regarding winter storms. The counties listed below are in addition to the counties which were part of the Governor’s disaster declaration on March 1, 2023.

SACRAMENTO – With a series of storms forecasted to continue through mid-March, including an atmospheric river event later this week, Governor Gavin Newsom today proclaimed a state of emergency to support storm response and relief efforts in 21 additional counties. The following counties in California are currently under a state of emergency:

  • Amador
  • Butte
  • El Dorado
  • Fresno
  • Humboldt
  • Imperial
  • Inyo
  • Kern
  • Lake
  • Los Angeles
  • Madera
  • Mariposa
  • Mendocino
  • Merced
  • Mono
  • Monterey
  • Napa
  • Nevada
  • Placer
  • Plumas
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Francisco
  • San Luis Obispo
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sierra
  • Sonoma
  • Stanislaus
  • Tulare
  • Tuolumne
  • Yuba

Guidelines on Disaster Relief

For information on Governor Newsom’s emergency proclamation, please refer to the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab..

For specific information on CDE Disaster Relief Guidelines, please refer to the CDE Disaster Relief Guidelines web page.

For information on disaster assistance and resources in California, please refer to the CDE Disaster Resources web page.

For information on emergency resources from federal, state, and local agencies, please refer to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) websiteExternal link opens in new window or tab..

Reimbursement Claims Submission Flexibility

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can authorize the CDE to allow school food authorities, institutions, and sponsors to submit claims beyond the 60-day submission requirement. Claims submitted after 60 days, as a result of a disaster, are not subject to the one-time exception for late submissions. For more information on late claim submission due to disasters, refer to the USDA Policy Memoranda SP 46-2014, CACFP 12-2014, SFSP 18-2014 web documentExternal link opens in new window or tab..

For assistance with submitting your claim, contact your Child Nutrition Fiscal Service Analyst on the CDE Nutrition Services web page.

Use of USDA Foods During a State/Federally Declared Disaster

Disaster relief organizations may designate schools as community feeding sites or request that schools provide their USDA Foods to other feeding sites. USDA Foods are to be released on request to recognized disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross or the OES. Information regarding USDA Foods usage, reporting, and claiming procedures during a disaster can be found in Management Bulletin 02-401 located on the CDE Use of USDA Foods in Disaster Feeding web page.

The Disaster Feeding Guidance for School Food Service Using USDA Foods can be downloaded from the CDE Food Distribution Guidance, Manuals, and Resources web page.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding disaster relief for the following programs, please contact:

School Nutrition Programs (SNP) & Summer Meals Unit

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

  • California Department of Social Services by email at, or contact your assigned analyst which can be found in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) Download Forms CACFP-01 or on the CACFP Contact List web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab..

Food Distribution Program (FDP)

  • Augie Aguilar, Food Administration Unit Manager, by phone at 916-445-4850 or by email at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, March 10, 2023
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