As a result of statewide school funding issues, some districts are faced with a very serious problem: Where will funds come from to replace the district's contribution to operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs?
In many cases, internal restructuring of the food service department's structure, policy and practices can result in significant cost savings. We have included resources to assist you. If your district is in need of financial technical assistance, please contact your assigned Child Nutrition Specialist.
SNP training page to view available training on this topic.
Supply Chain Assistance Funds
The Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs (ODE CNP) is announcing the
availability and distribution of additional USDA funds. Throughout the pandemic, school food
professionals have met extraordinary challenges to ensure every child can get the food they need to
learn, grow and thrive. However, circumstances in local communities remain unpredictable, and
supply chains for food and labor have been stressed and at times disrupted. Supply chain issues
have significantly affected school districts’ ability to procure nutritious foods for NSLP, SBP and/or
SSO meal service. In school year 2021-2022, many operators of the National School Lunch Program
(NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP) and /or Seamless Summer Option (SSO) have been
experiencing unprecedented challenges in purchasing and receiving food through their normal
distribution channels. In order to assist school districts experiencing these supply chain disruptions,
USDA is providing relief funding to state agencies referred to as Supply Chain Assistance (SCA)
Excess Operating Balance (EOB)
ODE CNP is responsible for ensuring that schools, districts, and other entities participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs comply with federal regulation regarding the financial management of their nonprofit food service accounts. This includes a requirement that program sponsors limit their net cash resources (i.e. year-end balance) to an amount that does not exceed three months' average expenditures for their nonprofit food service programs.
7 CFR 210.9(b)(2) and
7 CFR 220.7(e)(1)(iv).
All program sponsors will be required to calculate and submit their year-end nonprofit food service account balance using the Excess Operating Certification form by
June 15, 2022.
- EOB Memo (Coming Soon)
- Excess Operating Balance Certification Form (Coming Soon)
Revenue from Nonprogram Foods
Nonprogram foods are foods and beverages, other than those sold as part of a reimbursable meal, purchased with funds from a sponsor's nonprofit food service account. Nonprogram foods must comply with
7 CFR 210.14.
Sponsors are required to determine if the percent of total revenue that is generated from nonprogram food sales is equal to or greater than the percent of total foods costs that are attributable to the sponsor's purchase of nonprogram foods. Sponsors must ensure that nonprogram foods are priced sufficiently to meet the nonprogram foods requirement, or secure non federal funding to make up any shortfalls in the nonprofit food service account. Sponsors are required to retain records that document compliance with Revenue from Nonprogram Foods requirements.
State Match Requirement Materials
Federal programs often have a requirement of a state fund match in order to receive federal funds.
Sponsors that receive state appropriated general purpose or undesignated education funds (aka State School Funds) are required to complete this state match. This includes School Districts and ESD's. This requirement does not apply to Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs). The requirement for state match is attached to having an agreement to operate NSLP, which is considered still in effect during SSO/SFSP COVID operations.
State appropriated general or undesignated revenues must be transferred to the school food service account in order to meet the match requirements for 2021-22.
An audit trail is required to verify that state funds were used to meet this matching requirement. The following documentation of the state match must be reported to ODE CNP:
- State Revenue Matching Statements SY 2021-22
Please complete and sign your specific State Revenue Match document
- Submit supporting documentation showing (1) The exact amount of state match on the State Match Statement; (2) Transfer FROM general fund with memo note/journal entry "State Match Requirements"; (3) Transfer TO the nonprofit School Food Service fund. Transfer are required to be completed by
June 30, 2022.
Capital Equipment Procedures (Purchases over $5,000)
ODE Pre-Approved Equipment List
If you buy equipment from this list prior approval from ODE is not required before purchasing the equipment for use in Child Nutrition Programs.
Capital Equipment Request Form
If a piece of equipment if over $5,000 and is not on the above pre-approved equipment list, this form must be completed and sent to your assigned specialist for approval before you purchase the equipment for use in Child Nutrition Programs.
For additional information or questions, contact the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs by
ODE School Nutrition or Phone: 503-947-5894.