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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.

For additional information about the CDE NSD and our programs, please visit our web page located at or follow us on Twitter @CDENutrition.

For technical assistance e-mail or call 1-800-952-5609, option 6.

School Nutrition Program (SNP)

  • The 2017-2018 fiscal year (FY) is now your default. If any changes need to be made in your current 2016-2017 FY application packet or claim submissions, you must first change the FY by selecting Year on your tool bar and then select the 2016-2017 FY.

  • 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 at


  • The Child Nutrition Fiscal Services is performing Post Close Out. Please be advised that the CNIPS 2012/13, 2013/14, and 2015/16 claims will remain close until further notice.

    The 2017/18 Claims are now available. All approved and participating Child Nutrition sponsors can submit their reimbursement claims beginning July 2017.

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


Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

  • Attention SFSP summer sponsors: 

      The application submission deadline for the Returning Sponsors is May 1, 2017 and for New Sponsors is June 1, 2017. All applications must be approved by June 30, 2017.

      Sponsoring agencies should continue to revise their applications to update their meal times, increase or decrease in ADP, changes in personnel, or other site operation information and to submit the application packets for approval of their revisions. 

      If you have questions regarding revisions to your applications, contact your SFSP county specialist directly, or email your inquiry to

     The CDE Website at continues to update 2017 meal site locations and times within each city and county. We support each sponsor in their goal to feed hungry children nutritious meals during summer and we appreciate the time and energy it takes to do so.

Food Distribution Program

  • New in CNIPS!  USDA Foods Processor Summary End Product Data Schedules (SEPDS) for School Year 2017-18 are now available! They 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.