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Nutrition Programs Resource Management

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 operating 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.

Visit the SNP training page to view available training on this topic.

​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 October 13, 2023.

​Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) Tool and reporting due: May 17, 2024 

Refer to the Paid Lunch Equity At a Glance​ and the SY 2024-2025 PLE Tools Flowchart​ ​for additional guidance. 

The Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) Tool was created to assist School Food Authorities (SFAs) calculate their paid lunch price increase requirements and/or non-Federal source contributions to meet the requirements specified in 7 CFR 210.14(e).

For SY 2024-25, SFA’s will have two options: 

  • Option 1: Complete the PLE requirement process:
    • School Food Authorities (SFAs) will use the SY 2024-2025​ PLE Tool for the Contiguous States​ to evaluate their PLE. SFAs should use the price they last charged students as the basis for their SY 2024-25 PLE calculation. (Please note that this USDA Tool does not meet Accessibility Standards and is meant for download only. If an accessible version is required, please contact your Child Nutrition Specialist) ​

  • Option 2: Request an exemption for one of the following reasons: 
    • ​The SFA had a zero or positive balance in the Non-Profit Food Service Account as of June 30, 2023 
    • The SFA Participates in a provision on a district-wide basis (Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2) and does not charge students 
    • The SFA is a Residential Child Care Institution (RCCI) and does NOT have day students ​

Sponsors must complete the Paid Lunch Equity Reporting Form for SY 2024-2025 regardless of the option selected. 

Sponsors must complete one of the options listed above to meet the SY 2024-25 PLE requirement. As a reminder, for those receiving an Administrative Review in SY 2024-25, documentation of either option listed above will be required.

​Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) Memo​​​​​​​​​​​

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.

​Revenue from Nonprogram Foods Reporting Form for SY 2022-23

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 operation

​SY 2022-23

State appropriated general or undesignated revenues must be transferred to the school food service account in order to meet the match requirements for 2022-23. 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 2022-23​ 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, 2023.

Please email your State Revenue Match statement and expenditure audit report to by Friday, September 29, 2023.​

  • 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.

​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) Funds.


Procurement is another word for purchasing. All sponsors using Federal non-profit food service funds must follow applicable procurement regulations. Conducting proper procurement helps to ensure that sponsors receive the best product possible for the best price. It also helps to ensure there is free and open competition and that taxpayer funds are being spent wisely.

Visit the CNP Procurement web page for more information.

For additional information or questions, contact the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs by Email: ODE School Nutrition or Phone: 503-947-5894.