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Summer Food Service Program: 2019 Reimbursement Rates

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AGENCY:

Food and Nutrition Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This notice informs the public of the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. These adjustments address changes in the Consumer Price Index, as required under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The 2019 reimbursement rates are presented as a combined set of rates to highlight simplified cost accounting procedures. The 2019 rates are also presented individually, as separate operating and administrative rates of reimbursement, to show the effect of the Consumer Price Index adjustment on each rate.

DATES:

Implementation date: January 1, 2019.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jessica Saracino, Program Monitoring and Operational Support Division, Child Nutrition Programs, Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Suite 628, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under No. 10.559 and is subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. (See 2 CFR, 415 and final rule-related notice published at 48 FR 29114, June 24, 1983.)Start Printed Page 10294

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520, no new recordkeeping or reporting requirements have been included that are subject to approval from the Office of Management and Budget.

This notice 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. Additionally, this notice has been determined to be exempt from formal review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866.

Definitions

The terms used in this notice have the meaning ascribed to them under 7 CFR part 225 of the SFSP regulations.

Background

This notice informs the public of the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in SFSP. In accordance with sections 12(f) and 13, 42 U.S.C. 1760(f) and 1761, of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) and SFSP regulations under 7 CFR part 225, the United States Department of Agriculture announces the adjustments in SFSP payments for meals served to participating children during calendar year 2019.

The 2019 reimbursement rates are presented as a combined set of rates to highlight simplified cost accounting procedures. Reimbursement is based solely on a “meals times rate” calculation, without comparison to actual or budgeted costs.

Sponsors receive reimbursement that is determined by the number of reimbursable meals served, multiplied by the combined rates for food service operations and administration. However, the combined rate is based on separate operating and administrative rates of reimbursement, each of which is adjusted differently for inflation.

Calculation of Rates

The combined rates are constructed from individually authorized operating and administrative reimbursements. Simplified procedures provide flexibility, enabling sponsors to manage their reimbursements to pay for any allowable cost, regardless of the cost category. Sponsors remain responsible, however, for ensuring proper administration of the Program, while providing the best possible nutrition benefit to children.

The operating and administrative rates are calculated separately. However, the calculations of adjustments for both cost categories are based on the same set of changes in the Food Away From Home series of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor. They represent a 2.6 percent increase in this series for the 12-month period, from November 2017 through November 2018 (from 271.152 in November 2017 to 278.306 in November 2018).

Table of 2019 Reimbursement Rates

Presentation of the 2019 maximum per meal rates for meals served to children in SFSP combines the results from the calculations of operational and administrative payments, which are further explained in this notice. The total amount of payments to State agencies for disbursement to SFSP sponsors will be based upon these adjusted combined rates and the number of meals of each type served. These adjusted rates will be in effect from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

These changes are reflected below.

All States except Alaska and Hawaii—Rural or Self-prep Sites—Breakfast—2 dollars and 29.75 cents (6.5 cent increase from the 2018 reimbursement rate), Lunch or Supper—4 dollars and 3.25 cents (11 cent increase), Snack—95.25 cents (2.25 cent increase); All Other Types of Sites—Breakfast—2 dollars and 25.5 cents (6.5 cent increase), Lunch or Supper—3 dollars and 96.75 cents (11 cent increase), Snack—93.25 cents (2.25 cent increase).

Alaska—Rural or Self-prep Sites—Breakfast—3 dollars and 72.5 cents (9.75 cent increase), Lunch or Supper—6 dollars and 52.75 cents (16.5 cent increase), Snack—1 dollar and 54.75 cents (4.5 cent increase); All Other Types of Sites—Breakfast—3 dollars and 65.5 cents (9.5 cent increase), Lunch or Supper—6 dollars and 42.25 cents (16.25 cent increase), Snack—1 dollar and 51.25 cents (4.25 cent increase).

Hawaii—Rural or Self-prep Sites—Breakfast—2 dollars and 68.25 cents (6.5 cent increase), Lunch or Supper—4 dollars and 71.5 cents (12 cent increase), Snack—1 dollar and 11.25 cents (2.5 cent increase); All Other Types of Sites—Breakfast—2 dollars and 63.25 cents (6.5 cent increase), Lunch or Supper—4 dollars and 64 cents (12 cent increase), Snack—1 dollar and 8.5 cents (2.25 cent increase).

2019 Reimbursement Rates

[Combined]

Per meal rates in whole or fractions of U.S. dollarsAll states except Alaska and HawaiiAlaskaHawaii
Rural or self-prep sitesAll other types of sitesRural or self-prep sitesAll other types of sitesRural or self-prep sitesAll other types of sites
Breakfast2.29752.25503.72503.65502.68252.6325
Lunch or Supper4.03253.96756.52756.42254.71504.6400
Snack0.95250.93251.54751.51251.11251.0850

Operating Rates

The portion of the SFSP rates for operating costs is based on payment amounts set in section 13(b)(1) of the NSLA, 42 U.S.C. 1761(b)(1). They are rounded down to the nearest whole cent, as required by section 11(a)(3)(B)(iii) of the NSLA, 42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(3)(B)(iii).

These changes are reflected below.

All States except Alaska and Hawaii—Breakfast—2 dollars and 9 cents (6 cents increase from the 2018 reimbursement rate), Lunch or Supper—3 dollars and 65 cents (10 cents increase), Snack—85 cents (2 cents increase).

Alaska—Breakfast—3 dollars and 39 cents (9 cents increase), Lunch or Supper—5 dollars and 91 cents (15 cents increase), Snack—1 dollar and 38 cents (4 cents increase).

Hawaii—Breakfast—2 dollars and 44 cents (6 cents increase), Lunch or Supper—4 dollars and 27 cents (11 cents increase), Snack—99 cents (2 cents increase).Start Printed Page 10295

Operating Component of 2019 Reimbursement Rates

Operating rates in U.S. dollars, rounded down to the nearest whole centAll states except Alaska and HawaiiAlaskaHawaii
Breakfast2.093.392.44
Lunch or Supper3.655.914.27
Snack0.851.380.99

Administrative Rates

The administrative cost component of the reimbursement is authorized under section 13(b)(3) of the NSLA, 42 U.S.C. 1761(b)(3). Rates are higher for sponsors of sites located in rural areas and for “self-prep” sponsors that prepare their own meals at the SFSP site or at a central facility instead of purchasing them from vendors. The administrative portion of SFSP rates are adjusted, either up or down, to the nearest quarter-cent.

These changes are reflected below.

All States except Alaska and Hawaii—Rural or Self-prep Sites—Breakfast—20.75 cents (0.5 cent increase from the 2018 reimbursement rate), Lunch or Supper—38.25 cents (1 cent increase), Snack—10.25 cents (0.25 cent increase); All Other Types of Sites—Breakfast—16.50 cents (0.5 cent increase), Lunch or Supper—31.75 cents (1 cent increase), Snack 8.25 cents (0.25 cent increase).

Alaska—Rural or Self-prep Sites—Breakfast—33.50 cents (0.75 cent increase), Lunch or Supper—61.75 cents (1.5 cent increase), Snack—16.75 cents (0.5 cent increase); All Other Types of Sites—Breakfast—26.50 cents (0.5 cent increase), Lunch or Supper—51.25 cents (1.25 cent increase), Snack—13.25 cents (0.25 cent increase).

Hawaii—Rural or Self-prep Sites—Breakfast—24.25 cents (0.5 cent increase), Lunch or Supper—44.50 cents (1 cent increase), Snack—12.25 cents (0.5 cent increase); All Other Types of Sites—Breakfast—19.25 cents (0.5 cent increase), Lunch or Supper—37 cents (1 cent increase), Snack—9.5 cents (0.25 cent increase).

Administrative Component of 2019 Reimbursement Rates

Administrative rates in U.S. dollars, adjusted, up or down, to the nearest quarter-centAll states except Alaska and HawaiiAlaskaHawaii
Rural or self-prep sitesAll other types of sitesRural or self-prep sitesAll other types of sitesRural or self-prep sitesAll other types of sites
Breakfast0.20750.16500.33500.26500.24250.1925
Lunch or Supper0.38250.31750.61750.51250.44500.3700
Snack0.10250.08250.16750.13250.12250.0950
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Authority: Sections 9, 13, and 14, Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1758, 1761, and 1762a, respectively.

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Dated: March 7, 2019.

Brandon Lipps,

Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.

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[FR Doc. 2019-05184 Filed 3-19-19; 8:45 am]

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