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SY 22–23 Transition to Standard CNP Operations Q&A


On September 2, 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released Transitioning to Standard Child Nutrition Operations (CNP) and the Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022 Follow-Up Questions and Answers from Webinars for School Year (SY) 2022–23. You can view this document and the accompanying webinar on the USDA Transitioning to Normal CNPs web page External link opens in new window or tab..

The document contains 29 questions and answers (Q&A) intended to provide clarification to state and local agencies on transitioning back to standard Child Nutrition Program operations for SY 2022–23.

The Nutrition Services Division would like to specifically highlight the following guidance included in this Q&A:

  • School Nutrition Program (SNP) operators will not have the option to offer free meals to all students through the Seamless Summer Feeding Option or Summer Food Service Program for SY 2022–23, unless faced with an unanticipated school closure.
  • The guidance specifies how and when SNP operators can take advantage of the limited use COVID-19 waivers, including the circumstances in which meals may be served to students receiving virtual instruction. For additional information on the limited use waivers, please visit the California Department of Education’s (CDE) Waivers Affecting School Year 2022–23 web page.
  • Clarification on the 30-day carryover, severe need and two-cent differential flexibilities for SY 2022–23.

A management bulletin will not be forthcoming.

Contact Information

For any questions regarding this policy memo, please contact your respective program’s county specialist. The county specialist for each program can be found on the CDE’s School Nutrition Programs Specialist Directory web page.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, September 12, 2022
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