Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs) are federally funded, and state administered programs. Program operators receive reimbursement based on program specific regulations. The management of finances and other resources is the foundation for nutrition integrity and quality meals in CNPs.
DESE's Financial Management section distributes federal and state funds to School Food Authorities (SFAs) or Sponsoring Organizations (SOs) through the claim process. The financial management team also providing guidance and support for resource management of and procurement with funds from the nonprofit food service accounts.
Meals and snacks served in each CNP are reimbursed at a different rate. Rates can vary based on how you prepare meals, if meals are served in rural versus urban areas and your student's eligibility for free and reduced priced meals, contact of office for questions about specific programs.
Current Reimbursement Rates:
National School Nutrition Programs Reimbursement Rates for Fiscal Year 2023
Claims for reimbursement can be submitted by approved sponsors in good standing through the DESE's security portal.
Districts looking to contract with a Food Service Management Company to operate the school food service will need to follow procurement requirements for all CNPs and the requirements specified in 7 CFR 210.16.
Districts must also use a State required RFP — Contract Template when going out to bid. The RFP — Contract Template can be found in the document and reference library of the DESE security portal.
Questions can be directed to FSMC.Template@mass.gov .
When making procurement decisions, SFAs and other Child Nutrition Program operators should refer to USDA procurement regulations. Broadly, keep in mind the following four fundamental principles:
Adherence to federal, state and local standards are routinely reviewed by DESE through Administrative, Resource Management and Procurement compliance reviews.
Last Updated: January 31, 2023
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