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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

The last day to submit February 2018 reimbursement claims in CNIPS is Sunday, April 29,2018 .

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 2014/15 claims will remain closed until further notice.

    The 2017/2018 claims are now available. All approved and participating Child Nutrition sponsors can submit their reimbursement claim beginning, July 2017.

    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 website by selecting the Analyst Directory tab at


Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

  • Attention SFSP Sponsors – the 2017-18 SFSP Application Packet is now available.


    Sponsors may be eligible to operate meal sites during school breaks outside of the summer months. If you are interested in learning more, please call 916-322-8323 to be directed to your Summer Meals Program Specialist.

  • The 2018 SFSP reimbursement rates will be updated in CNIPS as soon as the USDA publishes the new rates. Please hold off submission of your January and February 2018 claims until further notice. Thank you.  

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.