The Food, Nutrition and Consumer Service (FNCS) office has issued a contingency plan that says that payments will continue for the month of October. Therefore, your reimbursements for food served in September should be paid.
After that, it depends on whether or not Congress passes a budget for the fiscal year that started today.
There may be some differences in how CACFP sponsors will react to this government shutdown. Some sponsors may have other funds that they can use to reimburse providers for October meals. Some sponsors may be part of a larger federally funded agency and suffer cutbacks that may affect their ability to process September claims. Contact your sponsor for further information.
Here is a statement from the FNCS contingency plan:
"The Child Nutrition (CN) Programs, including School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Feeding, Summer Food Service and Special Milk will continue operations into October. Meal providers are paid on a reimbursement basis 30 days after the end of the service month. Limited carryover funding will be available during a lapse to support FY 2014 meal service.
Once an appropriation is enacted, we expect additional resources will be available to reimburse October performance. In addition, most State agencies will continue to have fiscal year 2013 funds available for State Administrative Expenses (SAE). SAE funds are awarded to States for a two year grant period and they are permitted to carryover up to 20 percent of their allocation into the second year of the grant period."
I will be monitoring this closely and let everyone know when I receive more specific information.
Update: Here's a memo dated October 1, 2013 from the head of the Child Nutrition Division of the Food and Nutrition Service to CACFP sponsors. It repeats the information cited above that money is avaiable to pay September claims.
Tom Copeland - www.tomcopelandblog.com
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