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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 State Controller’s Office will not be processing payments for a brief period in late June and early July. Claims that may be affected are those that are submitted between Thursday, June 13 and Wednesday July 3, 2019. For this reason, CDNFS encourages you to submit your April and May claims in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) no later than Wednesday, June 12, 2019. We expect normal batching processes to resume the second week of July.

If you have any question regarding this subject, please contact your assigned Nutrition Fiscal Claims Analyst immediately.

The last day to submit April 2019 reimbursement claims in CNIPS is Saturday, June 29, 2019.

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 your default. If any changes need to be made in your current 2018-2019 FY application packet or claim submissions, you must first change the FY by selecting Year on your tool bar and then select the 2018-2019 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.


  • The School Nutrition Program state meal reimbursement rate for eligible free/reduced-price lunches and breakfasts will be reduced from $0.2368 to $0.2194 for the months of May and June 2019 due to a projected state appropriation shortfall. Meals and reimbursements will continue to be closely monitored as additional months of data become 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 Claim module will remain locked until further notice.

  • The 2018/2019 Claims are now available. All approved and participating Child Nutrition sponsors can submit their reimbursement claims beginning July 2018.


  • 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)

  • Attention SFSP Sponsors – the 2018-19 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 916-324-6153 to be directed to your Summer Meals Program Specialist.

    The application submission deadline is June 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm

    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

    Sponsors can find a listing of 2018 approved sites on the CDE Summer Meal Service Sites web page. 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.