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Child Nutrition Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Programs: Q&As #3

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SP20 CACFP16-2021
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DATE:August 11, 2021
SUBJECT:Child Nutrition Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Programs: Q&As #3
TO:Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

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) has offered 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 are being 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.

This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to state agencies as they implement the Child Nutrition Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Programs. This set of Q&As addresses questions regarding assurance statements, program operator eligibility, financial management, reporting, and monitoring and operations.

FNS appreciates the exceptional efforts of state agencies and local program operators working to meet the nutritional needs of child and adult participants during this challenging time. State agencies with questions should contact the appropriate FNS regional office.

Sarah E. Smith-Holmes
Program Monitoring and Operational Support Division


Page updated: December 19, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.