On July 26, 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the new reimbursement rates for the School Nutrition Programs (SNP) and Food Distribution Program (FDP).
School Nutrition Programs Reimbursement Rates
The annual federal reimbursement rate adjustments for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (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 School Milk Program reflects changes in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products.
The SNP Reimbursement Rates for July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, document is available in the Download Forms section of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS). Form ID–SNP Reimbursement Rates.
To help alleviate some of the challenges that school meal operators face in transitioning back to traditional meal operations, temporary additional federal funding for school lunch and school breakfast was authorized under Section 2 of the Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022 (P.L. 117-158). This temporary funding provides an additional reimbursement in the amount of $0.40 for each lunch served under the NSLP and an additional reimbursement in the amount of $0.15 cents for each breakfast served under the SBP. These additional federal reimbursement amounts are only available for the school year (SY) beginning July 1, 2022 and ending on June 30, 2023.
For detailed information on federal reimbursement rates, please see the California Department of Education (CDE) Child Nutrition Program (CNP) Meal Reimbursement Rates web page.
State Meal Reimbursement Rates
The Proposition (Prop) 98 State Meal reimbursement rate for SNPs has increased from $0.2487 to $0.2650 for SY 2022–23. In addition, the California Legislature allocated $611.811 million in ongoing Prop 98 funds to enhance the State Meal reimbursement by an additional $0.63 to bring the total Prop 98 reimbursement to $0.8950. This rate applies for each free and reduced-price (F/RP) lunch and breakfast that eligible program operators serve. Eligible program operators include school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools that certify in accordance with California Education Code (EC) Section 49430.7.
Universal Meals Reimbursement Rates
Starting with SY 2022–23 public schools, county offices of education, and charter schools are eligible for additional State Meal reimbursement under the CA Universal Meals Program (UMP) for reduced-price and paid meals served under the NSLP and SBP. Per EC Section 49501.5, this per meal reimbursement will not exceed the total state and federal reimbursement received for free meals. For SY 2022–23, the base reimbursement eligible SFAs can expect to receive is an additional $0.30 for reduced-price breakfasts and reduced-price severe need breakfasts, $2.655 for paid breakfasts, $3.065 for severe need paid breakfast, $0.40 for reduced-price lunches, and $4.455 for paid lunches. In order to be eligible for this additional UMP reimbursement, all eligible sites must be approved to operate both the NSLP and SBP. Any public school, county office of education, or charter school site not approved to operate both the NSLP and SBP will not be eligible for Prop 98 or UMP state reimbursement.
Food Distribution Program Meal Rate
The effective USDA Foods per meal rate for SY 2022–23 is $0.43. The USDA Foods initial base per meal rate published for SY 2022–23 is $0.300, an increase of $0.040 from the $0.2600 base rate in SY 2021–22. However, to comply with Section 6(e) of the National School Lunch Act, which requires that USDA Foods account for at least 12 percent of the total cash assistance for the NSLP, and an additional $20 million that was provided for breakfast, the USDA added an additional $0.1300 to the base rate, increasing the effective USDA Foods per meal rate to $0.4300.
Currently, the USDA is in the process of updating the Federal Register notice. Once complete, the notice can be viewed on the USDA Food Distribution Value of Donated Food Notices web page
SNP: If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact your SNP Specialist. A list of SNP County Specialists is available in the Download Forms section of the CNIPS, Form ID: Caseload. You may also access this list by going to School Nutrition Programs Specialist Directory web page.
FDP: If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Amy Bell, Child Nutrition Consultant, by phone at 916-322-5051 or by email at [email protected]
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Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 18, 2022
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