Federal Register: USDA Publishes New Reimbursement Rates for SY2021-22
On July 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its annual adjustments to 2021-22 School Year (SY) reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch Program, Special Milk, School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the Child and Adult Care (CACFP). In school food authorities that served less than 60% free and reduced-price lunches in School Year (SY) 2019-2020, the payments for meals served are Contiguous States—paid rate—$.035 ($0.02 increase), free and reduced-price rate—35 cents ($0.02 increase), maximum rate—$0.43 ($0.02 increase). Overall, reimbursement rates this year for the NSLP, SBP and the SMP either remained the same or increased compared to last year, and these rates are effective through June 30, 2022.
In addition, this notice included a special note that stated, "in lieu of the reimbursement rates for School Food Authorities (SFA) operating the NSLP SSO under FNS issued nationwide waivers #85 (Nationwide Waiver to Allow the SSO through School Year 2021-2022) and #86 (Nationwide Waiver to Allow SFSP Reimbursement Rates in School Year 2021-2022), the SFSP reimbursement rates will similarly be updated effective Jan. 1, 2022, through a future notice published in the Federal Register.