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Child Nutrition Programs

Emergency Operating Costs During COVID-19 - Approved Plans

Pursuant to Section 722 of PL 116-260, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021, Title VII, Chapter 3 (the Act), the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is offering additional funds to state agencies administering the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to provide local operators of those programs with additional reimbursements for emergency operating costs they incurred during the public health emergency. These additional funds will be provided by way of two temporary reimbursement programs, the School Programs Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Program.

These reimbursement options provide additional funding for local child nutrition program operators whose revenues declined or were temporarily interrupted during the early months of the pandemic due to COVID-19 related restrictions and closures. Throughout this exceptionally challenging time, program operators experienced widespread and significant gaps in funding, and in many cases were forced to expend their savings, draw funds from other sources, and cut or even suspend operations. The relief provided by these reimbursements is intended to help address such shortfalls and ensure that program operators are in the best position to rebuild while continuing to serve their communities.

In order to participate in these reimbursement programs, state agencies must have an implementation plan approved by FNS.

Child Nutrition Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Program plans have been approved in the following states:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Connecticut
Colorado
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Guam
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Virgin Islands
West Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
Wyoming

“Refer to individual state Waivers & Flexibilities pages (linked above) for specific information on which Child Nutrition Emergency Operational Costs implementation plans have been approved in each state. Please note that the date of implementation plan approval by FNS and the date upon which states make Emergency Operational Costs payments available to local program operators may vary.”

 

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08/12/2021