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Welcome to the California

 Child Nutrition Information & Payment System (CNIPS)


The CNIPS is the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division's (NSD) Web-based system for administering the federal and state nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch and Breakfast, Food Distribution, Special Milk, Child and Adult Care Food, Summer Food Service, and Seamless Summer Feeding Option Programs.

Questions? Please call CNIPS at 1-800-952-5609
Or E-mail at

The 2019/2020 SNP and CACFP Claim sections are now open. Sponsors may submit their claims beginning July 2019. 

The last day to submit November 2019 reimbursement claims in CNIPS is Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

Change In Payment Timeframes

  • The State of California is implementing a new automated system, the Financial Information System of California (FI$Cal), which will impact the timing of claim reimbursements.  Beginning in the month of July, claim reimbursements may be paid up to ten calendar days later than they are currently paid.  The meal claiming processes within CNIPS will be unaffected by these changes.  For questions, please contact your assigned fiscal analyst.

School Nutrition Program (SNP)

  • The 2019-2020 fiscal year (FY) is now open. If any changes need to be made in the 2018-19 FY application packet or claim submissions, please select the appropriate school year from the Applications menu.

  • Annual Audit Status Certification (AASC) Form

    Public School Districts, Government Entities (County Offices of Education, County Probation Offices, etc), and Charter Schools do NOT have to complete the Annual Audit Status Certification (AASC) form, this is only a requirement for all private sponsors, including Indian Tribal Councils, private schools, and Private Residential Child Care Institutions (group homes).

  • SNP Administrative Review (AR) Web Page

    The CDE Nutrition Services Division conducts an administrative review (AR) of all district/agencies participating in SNP over a three-year cycle. Keep up-to-date on the latest AR requirements, resources, and helpful tips by visiting the new CDE SNP AR Web page.


  • The School Nutrition Program state meal reimbursement rate of $0.2368 for eligible free/reduced-price lunches and breakfasts will be reduced to $0.2194 for the month of May 2019 and $0.1800 for the month of June 2019 due to a projected state appropriation shortfall. Meals and reimbursements will continue to be closely monitored as additional data becomes available. If the CDE finds that the state appropriation is sufficient to reimburse all eligible meals at $0.2368, the reimbursement rate will be restored. 

  • All Programs
    The point-of-contacts for SNP, CACFP, and SFSP claims have been revised. The current contact list can be located on the CDE’s Nutrition Services web page by selecting the Analyst Directory tab.

  • The Child Nutrition Fiscal Services is performing Post Close Out and Close out. Please be advised that the CNIPS 2012/2013, 2015/2016, and 2018/2019. Claim module will remain locked until further notice.


  • Child Nutrition Programs Course Catalog web page- The NSD provides a web page that houses online training courses to help program operators participating in the Child Nutrition Programs meet their professional development and program compliance needs. The web page is a one-stop shop for all online courses that the NSD offers. The online courses are grouped by program and organized by the key areas of nutrition, operations, administration, and communication and marketing. We encourage you to browse and use the Child Nutrition Programs Course Catalog web page.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

  • Important Changes to Application Packet Submission Deadlines

    Effective October 1, 2019, the California Department of Education will require that all new Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) applicants and returning sponsors submit complete and correct SFSP application packets through the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System no later than 30 calendar days prior to the first SFSP meal service day, or May 15, whichever comes first. These deadlines do not apply to sponsors applying to serve in areas impacted by an unanticipated school closure during the period from October through April (or at any time of the year in an area with a continuous school calendar).

    For more information, please see the Management Bulletin SFSP-03-2019 Summer Food Service Program Application Deadlines web page at

    Please contact your Summer Meal Programs Specialist or email if you have any questions regarding the new deadlines.

Food Distribution Program

  • USDA Foods Processor Summary End Product Data Schedules (SEPDS) can be found in the Food Distribution Module, under Download Forms.

CNIPS Maintenance and Password Requirements

  • CNIPS is routinely taken down on Friday for Production. The maintenance window is from 2-4 PM. The system is reactivated as soon as the maintenance is complete.

    Your CNIPS password must be between EIGHT (8) and TWELVE (12) characters in length, contain a letter, a number, and a special character (e.g., @,#,$, &,*). We suggest you not use the number "0" or the capital letter "O" in your password to reduce confusion when trying to remember your information. Do not reuse old passwords.