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School Year 2020–21 Annual Update - Third Notice

Note: You may disregard this message if you have already been approved for School Year (SY) 2020–21 in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS).

The California Department of Education (CDE) has opened the School Nutrition Programs (SNP) Annual Update in the CNIPS for SY 2020–21 (July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021).

The CDE recognizes the challenges that school food authorities (SFA) face while preparing for the upcoming SY. As a result, we want to provide as much time as possible for the Annual Update process. The CDE is actively developing re-opening guidance for schools and will continue to release resources as they are developed. Those SFAs that have already established re-opening plans for the fall can complete their required annual participation updates in the CNIPS now.

Important Information

The Nutrition Services Division (NSD) must approve your CNIPS SY 2020–21 Application Packet before you are able to submit claims. For detailed information on when to submit claims for reimbursement, review the CDE School Nutrition Programs (SNP) Claim Submission Deadlines web page.

SFAs scheduled for an SNP administrative review (AR) during SY 2020–21 should complete their annual update as soon as possible as this information is required for the on-site portion of the review. The NSD will be working closely with SFAs to complete their AR with as little disruption as possible during COVID-19.

If applying for Provision 1, 2, 3, or the Community Eligibility Provision, the NSD must receive your application no later than August 31, 2020.

How to Complete the SY 2020–21 Annual Update

The NSD created detailed step-by-step instructions that are available in the CNIPS Download Forms section, Form ID Instructions: 2020–21 CNIPS Annual Update. Please review these instructions to start the annual update process. This will reduce the likelihood that NSD staff will return your application packet for corrections.

  1. Log in to the CNIPS website External link opens in new window or tab.
  2. Enter your User ID and Password, then select Log On
  3. Select the Applications link in the menu bar
  4. Under the Item column, select the Download Forms link
  5. Select Instructions: 2020–21 CNIPS Annual Update
Resources and Contact Information

If you have any questions or need assistance regarding the CNIPS Annual Update, please contact your SNP Specialist. The SNP Specialist list is available in the CNIPS Download Forms section, Form ID Caseload. You can also contact an SNP Office Technician by phone at 916-322-3005 or 916-322-1450, or call 800-952-5609, Option 2, to be directed to your SNP Specialist.

To access the SNP Sponsor User Manual, please visit the CDE SNP CNIPS Training web page.

For CNIPS technical questions, please contact the CNIPS Help Desk by phone at 800-952-5609, Option 6, or by email at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, July 13, 2020
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