Food and Nutrition Service, USDA.
This notice announces the annual adjustments to the national average payment rates for meals and snacks served in child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, at-risk afterschool care centers, and adult day care centers; the food service payment rates for meals and snacks served in day care homes; and the administrative reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. Further adjustments are made to these rates to reflect the higher costs of providing meals in the States of Alaska and Hawaii. The adjustments contained in this notice are made on an annual basis each July, as required by the laws and regulations governing the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
These rates are effective from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tina Namian, Section Head, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 640, Alexandria, Virginia 22302-1594, 703-305-2590.
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The terms used in this notice have the meanings ascribed to them in the Child and Adult Care Food Program regulations, 7 CFR part 226.
Pursuant to sections 4, 11, and 17 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1753, 1759a and 1766), section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773) and 7 CFR 226.4, 226.12 and 226.13 of the Program regulations, notice is hereby given of the new payment rates for institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). These rates are in effect during the period, July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
As provided for under the law, all rates in the CACFP must be revised annually, on July 1, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, for the most recent 12-month period. In accordance with this mandate, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) last published the adjusted national average payment rates for centers, the food service payment rates for day care homes, and the administrative reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes, for the period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, on July 24, 2012, in the Federal Register at 77 FR 43229.
The following national average payment factors and food service payment rates for meals and snacks are in effect from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. All amounts are expressed in dollars or fractions thereof. Due to a higher cost of living, the reimbursements for Alaska and Hawaii are higher than those for all other States. The District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam use the figures specified for the contiguous States. These rates do not include the value of USDA foods or cash-in-lieu of USDA foods which institutions receive as additional assistance for each lunch or supper served to participants under the Program. A notice announcing the value of USDA foods and cash-in-lieu of USDA foods is published separately in the Federal Register.
National Average Payment Rates for Centers
Payments for breakfast served are: Contiguous States—paid rate -28 cents, reduced price rate—128 cents, free rate—158 cents; Alaska—paid rate—41 cents, reduced price rate—223 cents, free rate—253 cents; Hawaii—paid rate—31 cents, reduced price rate—155 cents, free rate—185 cents.
Payments for lunch or supper served are: Contiguous States—paid rate—28 cents, reduced price rate—253 cents, free rate—293 cents; Alaska—paid rate—45 cents, reduced price rate—434 cents, free rate- 474 cents; Hawaii—Start Printed Page 45177paid rate—32 cents, reduced price rate—302 cents, free rate—342 cents.
Payments for snack served are: Contiguous States—paid rate—7 cents, reduced price rate—40 cents, free rate—80 cents; Alaska—paid rate—11 cents, reduced price rate—65 cents, free rate—130 cents; Hawaii—paid rate—8 cents, reduced price rate—47 cents, free rate—94 cents.
Food Service Payment Rates for Day Care Homes
Payments for breakfast served are: Contiguous States—tier I—128 cents and tier II—47 cents; Alaska—tier I—204 cents and tier II—72 cents; Hawaii—tier I—149 cents and tier II—54 cents.
Payments for lunch or supper served are: Contiguous States—tier I—240 cents and tier II—145 cents; Alaska—tier I—389 cents and tier II—235 cents; Hawaii—tier I -281 cents and tier II—169 cents.
Payments for snack served are: Contiguous States—tier I—71 cents and tier II—19 cents; Alaska—tier I—116 cents and tier II—32 cents; Hawaii—tier I -83 cents and tier II—23 cents.
Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day Care Homes
Monthly administrative payments to sponsors for each sponsored day care home are: Contiguous States—initial 50 homes—109 dollars, next 150 homes—83 dollars, next 800 homes—65 dollars, each additional home—57 dollars; Alaska—initial 50 homes—176 dollars, next 150 homes—134 dollars, next 800 homes—105 dollars, each additional home—92 dollars; Hawaii—initial 50 homes—127 dollars, next 150 homes—97 dollars, next 800 homes—76 dollars, each additional home—67 dollars.
The following chart illustrates the national average payment factors and food service payment rates for meals and snacks in effect from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
[Per Meal Rates in Whole or Fractions of U.S. Dollars Effective from July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014]
|Centers||Breakfast||Lunch and Supper 1||Snack|
|1 These rates do not include the value of USDA foods or cash-in-lieu of USDA foods which institutions receive as additional assistance for each CACFP lunch or supper served to participants. A notice announcing the value of USDA foods and cash-in-lieu of USDA foods is published separately in the Federal Register.|
|Day Care Homes||Breakfast||Lunch and Supper||Snack|
|TIER I||TIER II||TIER I||TIER II||TIER I||TIER II|
ADMINISTRATIVE REIMBURSEMENT RATES FOR SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS OF DAY CARE HOMES
[Per home/per month rates in U.S. dollars]
| ||Initial 50||Next 150||Next 800||Each addl|
The changes in the national average payment rates for centers reflect a 2.27 percent increase during the 12-month period, May 2012 to May 2013, (from 237.262 in May 2012, as previously published in the Federal Register, to 242.642 in May 2013) in the food away from home series of the CPI for All Urban Consumers.
The changes in the food service payment rates for day care homes reflect a 0.77 percent increase during the 12-month period, May 2012 to May 2013, (from 231.518 in May 2012, as previously published in the Federal Register, to 233.302 in May 2013) in the food at home series of the CPI for All Urban Consumers.
The changes in the administrative reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes reflect a 1.36 percent increase during the 12-month period, May 2012 to May 2013, (from 229.815 in May 2012, as previously published in the Federal Register, to 232.945 in May 2013) in the series for all items of the CPI for All Urban Consumers.Start Printed Page 45178
The total amount of payments available to each State agency for distribution to institutions participating in CACFP is based on the rates contained in this notice.
This action is not a rule as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) and thus is exempt from the provisions of that Act. This notice has been determined to be exempt under Executive Order 12866.
CACFP is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under No. 10.558 and is subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. (See 7 CFR Part 3015, Subpart V, and final rule related notice published at 48 FR 29114, June 24, 1983.)
This notice has been determined to be not significant and was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in conformance with Executive Order 12866. This notice imposes no new reporting or recordkeeping provisions that are subject to OMB review in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3518).
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Dated: July 17, 2013.
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-17991 Filed 7-25-13; 8:45 am]
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