National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates, 45178-45181 [2013-17990]

Download as PDF 45178 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Notices The total amount of payments available to each State agency for distribution to institutions participating in CACFP is based on the rates contained in this notice. This action 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. This notice has been determined to be exempt under Executive Order 12866. CACFP is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under No. 10.558 and is subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. (See 7 CFR Part 3015, Subpart V, and final rule related notice published at 48 FR 29114, June 24, 1983.) This notice has been determined to be not significant and was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in conformance with Executive Order 12866. This notice imposes no new reporting or recordkeeping provisions that are subject to OMB review in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3518). Authority: Sections 4(b)(2), 11a, 17(c) and 17(f)(3)(B) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1753(b)(2), 1759a, 1766(f)(3)(B)) and section 4(b)(1)(B) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773(b)(1)(B)). Dated: July 17, 2013. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2013–17991 Filed 7–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Food Distribution Program: Value of Donated Foods From July 1, 2013 Through June 30, 2014 Food and Nutrition Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the national average value of donated foods or, where applicable, cash in lieu of donated foods, to be provided in school year 2014 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014) for each lunch served by schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and for each lunch and supper served by institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). DATES: Effective Date: July 1, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anne Fiala, Program Analyst, Policy tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 Branch, Food Distribution Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302–1594, or via telephone (703) 305–2662. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: These programs are listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Nos. 10.555 and 10.558 and are subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. (See 7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, and final rule related notice published at 48 FR 29114, June 24, 1983.) This notice imposes no new reporting or recordkeeping provisions that are subject to Office of Management and Budget review in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507). This action 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. This notice was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. National Average Minimum Value of Donated Foods for the Period July 1, 2013 Through June 30, 2014 This notice implements mandatory provisions of sections 6(c) and 17(h)(1)(B) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (the Act) (42 U.S.C. 1755(c) and 1766(h)(1)(B)). Section 6(c)(1)(A) of the Act establishes the national average value of donated food assistance to be given to States for each lunch served in the NSLP at 11.00 cents per meal. Pursuant to section 6(c)(1)(B), this amount is subject to annual adjustments on July 1 of each year to reflect changes in a three-month average value of the Price Index for Foods Used in Schools and Institutions for March, April, and May each year (Price Index). Section 17(h)(1)(B) of the Act provides that the same value of donated foods (or cash in lieu of donated foods) for school lunches shall also be established for lunches and suppers served in the CACFP. Notice is hereby given that the national average minimum value of donated foods, or cash in lieu thereof, per lunch under the NSLP (7 CFR part 210) and per lunch and supper under the CACFP (7 CFR Part 226) shall be 23.25 cents for the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. The Price Index is computed using five major food components in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index (cereal and bakery products; meats, poultry and fish; dairy; processed fruits and vegetables; and fats and oils). PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Each component is weighted using the relative weight as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The value of food assistance is adjusted each July 1 by the annual percentage change in a three-month average value of the Price Index for March, April, and May each year. The three-month average of the Price Index increased by 2.0 percent from 200.89 for March, April, and May of 2012, as previously published in the Federal Register, to 204.88 for the same three months in 2013. When computed on the basis of unrounded data and rounded to the nearest one-quarter cent, the resulting national average for the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 will be 23.25 cents per meal. This is an increase of half of one cent from the school year 2013 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013) rate. Authority: Sections 6(c)(1)(A) and (B), 6(e)(1), and 17(h)(1)(B) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1755(c)(1)(A) and (B) and (e)(1), and 1766(h)(1)(B)). Dated: July 16, 2013. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2013–17998 Filed 7–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates Food and Nutrition Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This Notice announces the annual adjustments to the ‘‘national average payments,’’ the amount of money the Federal Government provides States for lunches, afterschool snacks and breakfasts served to children participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; to the ‘‘maximum reimbursement rates,’’ the maximum per lunch rate from Federal funds that a State can provide a school food authority for lunches served to children participating in the National School Lunch Program; and to the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to non-needy children in a school or institution which participates in the Special Milk Program for Children. The payments and rates are prescribed on an annual basis each July. The annual payments and rates adjustments for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES reflect changes in the Food Away From Home series of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. The annual rate adjustment for the Special Milk Program reflects changes in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products. DATES: These rates are effective from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Wagoner, Section Chief, School Programs Section, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 640, Alexandria, VA 22302 or phone (703) 305–2590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Special Milk Program for Children— Pursuant to section 3 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1772), the Department announces the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to non-needy children in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program for Children. This rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor. For the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to a nonneedy child in a school or institution which participates in the Special Milk Program is 20.25 cents. This reflects an increase of 6.13 percent in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products from May 2012 to May 2013 (from a level of 208.8 in May 2012, as previously published in the Federal Register to 221.6 in May 2013). As a reminder, schools or institutions with pricing programs that elect to serve milk free to eligible children continue to receive the average cost of a half-pint of milk (the total cost of all milk purchased during the claim period divided by the total number of purchased half-pints) for each half-pint served to an eligible child. National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs—Pursuant to sections 11 and 17A of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, (42 U.S.C. 1759a and 1766a), and section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773), the Department annually announces the adjustments to the National Average Payment Factors and to the maximum Federal reimbursement rates for lunches and afterschool snacks served to children participating in the National School Lunch Program and breakfasts served to children VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 participating in the School Breakfast Program. Adjustments are prescribed each July 1, based on 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 Department of Labor. The changes in the national average payment rates for schools and residential child care institutions for the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 reflect a 2.27 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers during the 12-month period May 2012 to May 2013 (from a level of 237.262 in May 2012, as previously published in the Federal Register to 242.642 in May 2013). Adjustments to the national average payment rates for all lunches served under the National School Lunch Program, breakfasts served under the School Breakfast Program, and afterschool snacks served under the National School Lunch Program are rounded down to the nearest whole cent. Lunch Payment Levels—Section 4 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1753) provides general cash for food assistance payments to States to assist schools in purchasing food. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act provides two different section 4 payment levels for lunches served under the National School Lunch Program. The lower payment level applies to lunches served by school food authorities in which less than 60 percent of the lunches served in the school lunch program during the second preceding school year were served free or at a reduced price. The higher payment level applies to lunches served by school food authorities in which 60 percent or more of the lunches served during the second preceding school year were served free or at a reduced price. To supplement these section 4 payments, section 11 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C.1759 (a)) provides special cash assistance payments to aid schools in providing free and reduced price lunches. The section 11 National Average Payment Factor for each reduced price lunch served is set at 40 cents less than the factor for each free lunch. As authorized under sections 8 and 11 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1757 and 1759a), maximum reimbursement rates for each type of lunch are prescribed by the Department in this Notice. These maximum rates are to ensure equitable disbursement of Federal funds to school food authorities. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45179 Section 201 of the Healthy, HungerFree Kids Act of 2010—Section 201 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 made significant changes to the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. On April 27, 2012, the interim rule entitled, ‘‘Certification of Compliance With Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010’’ (77 FR 25024), was published and provides eligible school food authorities with performance-based cash reimbursement in addition to the general and special cash assistance described above. The interim rule requires that school food authorities be certified by the State agency as being in compliance with the updated meal pattern and nutrition standard requirements set forth in amendments to 7 CFR Parts 210 and 220 on January 26, 2012, in the final rule entitled ‘‘Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs’’ (77 FR 4088). Certified school food authorities are eligible to receive performance-based cash assistance for each reimbursable lunch served (an additional six cents per lunch available beginning October 1, 2012, and adjusted annually thereafter). Afterschool Snack Payments in Afterschool Care Programs—Section 17A of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766a) establishes National Average Payments for free, reduced price and paid afterschool snacks as part of the National School Lunch Program. Breakfast Payment Factors—Section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773) establishes National Average Payment Factors for free, reduced price and paid breakfasts served under the School Breakfast Program and additional payments for free and reduced price breakfasts served in schools determined to be in ‘‘severe need’’ because they serve a high percentage of needy children. Revised Payments The following specific section 4, section 11 and section 17A National Average Payment Factors and maximum reimbursement rates for lunch, the afterschool snack rates, and the breakfast rates are in effect from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. Due to a higher cost of living, the average payments and maximum reimbursements for Alaska and Hawaii are higher than those for all other States. The District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam use the figures specified for the contiguous States. E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1 45180 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Notices National School Lunch Program Payments Section 4 National Average Payment Factors—In school food authorities which served less than 60 percent free and reduced price lunches in School Year 2011–12, the payments for meals served are: Contiguous States—paid rate—28 cents, free and reduced price rate—28 cents, maximum rate—36 cents; Alaska—paid rate—45 cents, free and reduced price rate—45 cents, maximum rate—57 cents; Hawaii—paid rate—32 cents, free and reduced price rate—32 cents, maximum rate—41 cents. In school food authorities which served 60 percent or more free and reduced price lunches in School Year 2011–12, payments are: Contiguous States—paid rate—30 cents, free and reduced price rate—30 cents, maximum rate—36 cents; Alaska—paid rate—47 cents, free and reduced price rate—47 cents, maximum rate—57 cents; Hawaii—paid rate—34 cents, free and reduced price rate—34 cents, maximum rate—41 cents. School food authorities certified to receive the performance-based cash assistance will receive an additional 6 reduced price breakfast—155 cents, paid breakfast—31 cents. For schools in ‘‘severe need’’ the payments are: Contiguous States—free breakfast—189 cents, reduced price breakfast—159 cents, paid breakfast—28 cents; Alaska—free breakfast—303 cents, reduced price breakfast—273 cents, paid breakfast—41 cents; Hawaii - free breakfast—221 cents, reduced price breakfast—191 cents, paid breakfast—31 cents. cents (adjusted annually) added to the above amounts as part of their section 4 payments. Section 11 National Average Payment Factors—Contiguous States—free lunch—265 cents, reduced price lunch—225 cents; Alaska—free lunch— 429 cents, reduced price lunch—389 cents; Hawaii—free lunch—310 cents, reduced price lunch—270 cents. Afterschool Snacks in Afterschool Care Programs—The payments are: Contiguous States—free snack—80 cents, reduced price snack—40 cents, paid snack—07 cents; Alaska—free snack—130 cents, reduced price snack—65 cents, paid snack—11 cents; Hawaii—free snack—94 cents, reduced price snack—47 cents, paid snack—08 cents. Payment Chart The following chart illustrates the lunch National Average Payment Factors with the sections 4 and 11 already combined to indicate the per lunch amount; the maximum lunch reimbursement rates; the reimbursement rates for afterschool snacks served in afterschool care programs; the breakfast National Average Payment Factors including ‘‘severe need’’ schools; and the milk reimbursement rate. All amounts are expressed in dollars or fractions thereof. The payment factors and reimbursement rates used for the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam are those specified for the contiguous States. School Breakfast Program Payments For schools ‘‘not in severe need’’ the payments are: Contiguous States—free breakfast—158 cents, reduced price breakfast—128 cents, paid breakfast—28 cents; Alaska—free breakfast—253 cents, reduced price breakfast—223 cents, paid breakfast—41 cents; Hawaii—free breakfast—185 cents, SCHOOL PROGRAMS—MEAL, SNACK AND MILK PAYMENTS TO STATES AND SCHOOL FOOD AUTHORITIES [Expressed in dollars or fractions thereof effective from July 1, 2013—June 30, 2014] Less than 60% National School Lunch Program * CONTIGUOUS STATES: PAID .......................................................................... REDUCED PRICE .................................................... FREE ........................................................................ ALASKA: PAID .......................................................................... REDUCED PRICE .................................................... FREE ........................................................................ HAWAII: PAID .......................................................................... REDUCED PRICE .................................................... FREE ........................................................................ Less than 60% + 6 cents 60% or more + 6 cents 60% or more 0.28 2.53 2.93 0.34 2.59 2.99 0.30 2.55 2.95 0.36 2.61 3.01 0.36 2.70 3.10 0.42 2.76 3.16 0.45 4.34 4.74 0.51 4.40 4.80 0.47 4.36 4.76 0.53 4.42 4.82 0.57 4.60 5.00 0.63 4.66 5.06 0.32 3.02 3.42 0.38 3.08 3.48 0.34 3.04 3.44 0.40 3.10 3.50 0.41 3.22 3.62 0.47 3.28 3.68 Non–severe need tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES School breakfast program CONTIGUOUS STATES: PAID ......................................................................................................................................................... REDUCED PRICE .................................................................................................................................... FREE ........................................................................................................................................................ ALASKA: PAID ......................................................................................................................................................... REDUCED PRICE .................................................................................................................................... FREE ........................................................................................................................................................ HAWAII: PAID ......................................................................................................................................................... REDUCED PRICE .................................................................................................................................... FREE ........................................................................................................................................................ Special milk program All milk PRICING PROGRAMS WITHOUT FREE OPTION ........................................................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Maximum rate + 6 cents Maximum rate Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 0.28 1.28 1.58 0.28 1.59 1.89 0.41 2.23 2.53 0.41 2.73 3.03 0.31 1.55 1.85 0.31 1.91 2.21 Paid milk 0.2025 E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM Severe need 26JYN1 Free Milk N/A N/A 45181 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Notices Special milk program All milk Paid milk Free Milk PRICING PROGRAMS WITH FREE OPTION .................................................................. N/A 0.2025 NONPRICING PROGRAMS ............................................................................................... 0.2025 N/A Average Cost Per 1⁄2 Pint of Milk N/A AFTERSCHOOL SNACKS SERVED IN AFTERSCHOOL CARE PROGRAMS CONTIGUOUS STATES: PAID ............................................................................................................................................................................. REDUCED PRICE ........................................................................................................................................................ FREE ............................................................................................................................................................................ ALASKA: PAID ............................................................................................................................................................................. REDUCED PRICE ........................................................................................................................................................ FREE ............................................................................................................................................................................ HAWAII: PAID ............................................................................................................................................................................. REDUCED PRICE ........................................................................................................................................................ FREE ............................................................................................................................................................................ 0.07 0.40 0.80 0.11 0.6 1.30 0.08 0.47 0.94 * Payment listed for Free and Reduced Price Lunches include both section 4 and section 11 funds This action 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. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507), no new recordkeeping or reporting requirements have been included that are subject to approval from the Office of Management and Budget. This notice has been determined to be not significant and was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget in conformance with Executive Order 12866. National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs are listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under No. 10.555, No. 10.553 and No. 10.556, respectively, and are subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. (See 7 CFR Part 3015, Subpart V, and the final rule related notice published at 48 FR 29114, June 24, 1983). tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Authority: Sections 4, 8, 11 and 17A of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended, (42 U.S.C. 1753, 1757, 1759a, 1766a) and sections 3 and 4(b) of the Child Nutrition Act, as amended, (42 U.S.C. 1772 and 42 U.S.C. 1773(b)). Dated: July 16, 2013. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2013–17990 Filed 7–25–13; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board International Trade Administration [B–31–2013] Foreign-Trade Zone 230—Piedmont Triad Area, North Carolina, Authorization of Production Activity, Oracle Flexible Packaging, Inc., (FoilBacked Paperboard), Winston-Salem, North Carolina On March 25, 2013, the Piedmont Triad Partnership, grantee of FTZ 230, submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board on behalf of Oracle Flexible Packaging, Inc., within Site 28, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The notification was processed in accordance with the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR part 400), including notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment (78 FR 23220, 4–18– 2013). The FTZ Board has determined that no further review of the activity is warranted at this time. The production activity described in the notification is authorized, subject to the FTZ Act and the Board’s regulations, including Section 400.14. Dated: July 23, 2013. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–18052 Filed 7–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P BILLING CODE 3410–30–P North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Article 1904 Binational Panel Reviews: Notice of Termination of Panel Review NAFTA Secretariat, United States Section, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: On June 24, 2013, a Notice of Motion to requesting termination of the panel review of the final results of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2010 — 2011 New Shipper Antidumping Administrative Review of Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube from Mexico (Secretariat File No. USA–MEX– 2012–1904–03) was filed by the Complainant, GD Affiliates S. de R.L. de C.V. Motions consenting to the dismissal were filed by the Petitioner, Cerro Flow Products, LLC, Wieland Copper Products LL,C, and Mueller Copper Tube Co., on July 1, 2013 and the U.S. Investigating Authority, the U.S. Department of Commerce, on July 3, 2013. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Notice of Motion requesting termination of the panel review by a participant and consented to by all the participants, and pursuant to Rule 71(2) of the Rules of Procedure for Article 1904 Binational Panel Review, the panel review is terminated as of July 3, 2013. A panel has not been appointed to this panel review. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Bohon, United States Secretary, NAFTA Secretariat, Suite 2061, 14th VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 144 (Friday, July 26, 2013)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-17990]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast 
Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This Notice announces the annual adjustments to the ``national 
average payments,'' the amount of money the Federal Government provides 
States for lunches, afterschool snacks and breakfasts served to 
children participating in the National School Lunch and School 
Breakfast Programs; to the ``maximum reimbursement rates,'' the maximum 
per lunch rate from Federal funds that a State can provide a school 
food authority for lunches served to children participating in the 
National School Lunch Program; and to the rate of reimbursement for a 
half-pint of milk served to non-needy children in a school or 
institution which participates in the Special Milk Program for 
Children. The payments and rates are prescribed on an annual basis each 
July. The annual payments and rates adjustments for the National School 
Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

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reflect changes in the Food Away From Home series of the Consumer Price 
Index for All Urban Consumers. The annual rate adjustment for the 
Special Milk Program reflects changes in the Producer Price Index for 
Fluid Milk Products.

DATES: These rates are effective from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 
2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Wagoner, Section Chief, School 
Programs Section, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child 
Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center 
Drive, Room 640, Alexandria, VA 22302 or phone (703) 305-2590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Special Milk Program for Children--Pursuant to section 3 of the 
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1772), the 
Department announces the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk 
served to non-needy children in a school or institution that 
participates in the Special Milk Program for Children. This rate is 
adjusted annually to reflect changes in the Producer Price Index for 
Fluid Milk Products, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the 
Department of Labor.
    For the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, the rate of 
reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to a non-needy child in a 
school or institution which participates in the Special Milk Program is 
20.25 cents. This reflects an increase of 6.13 percent in the Producer 
Price Index for Fluid Milk Products from May 2012 to May 2013 (from a 
level of 208.8 in May 2012, as previously published in the Federal 
Register to 221.6 in May 2013).
    As a reminder, schools or institutions with pricing programs that 
elect to serve milk free to eligible children continue to receive the 
average cost of a half-pint of milk (the total cost of all milk 
purchased during the claim period divided by the total number of 
purchased half-pints) for each half-pint served to an eligible child.
    National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs--Pursuant to 
sections 11 and 17A of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch 
Act, (42 U.S.C. 1759a and 1766a), and section 4 of the Child Nutrition 
Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773), the Department annually announces the 
adjustments to the National Average Payment Factors and to the maximum 
Federal reimbursement rates for lunches and afterschool snacks served 
to children participating in the National School Lunch Program and 
breakfasts served to children participating in the School Breakfast 
Program. Adjustments are prescribed each July 1, based on 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 
Department of Labor. The changes in the national average payment rates 
for schools and residential child care institutions for the period July 
1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 reflect a 2.27 percent increase in the 
Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers during the 12-month period 
May 2012 to May 2013 (from a level of 237.262 in May 2012, as 
previously published in the Federal Register to 242.642 in May 2013). 
Adjustments to the national average payment rates for all lunches 
served under the National School Lunch Program, breakfasts served under 
the School Breakfast Program, and afterschool snacks served under the 
National School Lunch Program are rounded down to the nearest whole 
cent.
    Lunch Payment Levels--Section 4 of the Richard B. Russell National 
School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1753) provides general cash for food 
assistance payments to States to assist schools in purchasing food. The 
Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act provides two different 
section 4 payment levels for lunches served under the National School 
Lunch Program. The lower payment level applies to lunches served by 
school food authorities in which less than 60 percent of the lunches 
served in the school lunch program during the second preceding school 
year were served free or at a reduced price. The higher payment level 
applies to lunches served by school food authorities in which 60 
percent or more of the lunches served during the second preceding 
school year were served free or at a reduced price.
    To supplement these section 4 payments, section 11 of the Richard 
B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C.1759 (a)) provides 
special cash assistance payments to aid schools in providing free and 
reduced price lunches. The section 11 National Average Payment Factor 
for each reduced price lunch served is set at 40 cents less than the 
factor for each free lunch.
    As authorized under sections 8 and 11 of the Richard B. Russell 
National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1757 and 1759a), maximum 
reimbursement rates for each type of lunch are prescribed by the 
Department in this Notice. These maximum rates are to ensure equitable 
disbursement of Federal funds to school food authorities.
    Section 201 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010--Section 
201 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 made significant 
changes to the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. On April 
27, 2012, the interim rule entitled, ``Certification of Compliance With 
Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the 
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010'' (77 FR 25024), was published 
and provides eligible school food authorities with performance-based 
cash reimbursement in addition to the general and special cash 
assistance described above. The interim rule requires that school food 
authorities be certified by the State agency as being in compliance 
with the updated meal pattern and nutrition standard requirements set 
forth in amendments to 7 CFR Parts 210 and 220 on January 26, 2012, in 
the final rule entitled ``Nutrition Standards in the National School 
Lunch and School Breakfast Programs'' (77 FR 4088). Certified school 
food authorities are eligible to receive performance-based cash 
assistance for each reimbursable lunch served (an additional six cents 
per lunch available beginning October 1, 2012, and adjusted annually 
thereafter).
    Afterschool Snack Payments in Afterschool Care Programs--Section 
17A of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 
1766a) establishes National Average Payments for free, reduced price 
and paid afterschool snacks as part of the National School Lunch 
Program.
    Breakfast Payment Factors--Section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 
1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773) establishes National Average Payment Factors for 
free, reduced price and paid breakfasts served under the School 
Breakfast Program and additional payments for free and reduced price 
breakfasts served in schools determined to be in ``severe need'' 
because they serve a high percentage of needy children.

Revised Payments

    The following specific section 4, section 11 and section 17A 
National Average Payment Factors and maximum reimbursement rates for 
lunch, the afterschool snack rates, and the breakfast rates are in 
effect from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. Due to a higher cost of 
living, the average payments and maximum reimbursements for Alaska and 
Hawaii are higher than those for all other States. The District of 
Columbia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam use the figures 
specified for the contiguous States.

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National School Lunch Program Payments

    Section 4 National Average Payment Factors--In school food 
authorities which served less than 60 percent free and reduced price 
lunches in School Year 2011-12, the payments for meals served are: 
Contiguous States--paid rate--28 cents, free and reduced price rate--28 
cents, maximum rate--36 cents; Alaska--paid rate--45 cents, free and 
reduced price rate--45 cents, maximum rate--57 cents; Hawaii--paid 
rate--32 cents, free and reduced price rate--32 cents, maximum rate--41 
cents.
    In school food authorities which served 60 percent or more free and 
reduced price lunches in School Year 2011-12, payments are: Contiguous 
States--paid rate--30 cents, free and reduced price rate--30 cents, 
maximum rate--36 cents; Alaska--paid rate--47 cents, free and reduced 
price rate--47 cents, maximum rate--57 cents; Hawaii--paid rate--34 
cents, free and reduced price rate--34 cents, maximum rate--41 cents.
    School food authorities certified to receive the performance-based 
cash assistance will receive an additional 6 cents (adjusted annually) 
added to the above amounts as part of their section 4 payments.
    Section 11 National Average Payment Factors--Contiguous States--
free lunch--265 cents, reduced price lunch--225 cents; Alaska--free 
lunch--429 cents, reduced price lunch--389 cents; Hawaii--free lunch--
310 cents, reduced price lunch--270 cents.
    Afterschool Snacks in Afterschool Care Programs--The payments are: 
Contiguous States--free snack--80 cents, reduced price snack--40 cents, 
paid snack--07 cents; Alaska--free snack--130 cents, reduced price 
snack--65 cents, paid snack--11 cents; Hawaii--free snack--94 cents, 
reduced price snack--47 cents, paid snack--08 cents.

School Breakfast Program Payments

    For schools ``not in severe need'' the payments are: Contiguous 
States--free breakfast--158 cents, reduced price breakfast--128 cents, 
paid breakfast--28 cents; Alaska--free breakfast--253 cents, reduced 
price breakfast--223 cents, paid breakfast--41 cents; Hawaii--free 
breakfast--185 cents, reduced price breakfast--155 cents, paid 
breakfast--31 cents.
    For schools in ``severe need'' the payments are: Contiguous 
States--free breakfast--189 cents, reduced price breakfast--159 cents, 
paid breakfast--28 cents; Alaska--free breakfast--303 cents, reduced 
price breakfast--273 cents, paid breakfast--41 cents; Hawaii - free 
breakfast--221 cents, reduced price breakfast--191 cents, paid 
breakfast--31 cents.

Payment Chart

    The following chart illustrates the lunch National Average Payment 
Factors with the sections 4 and 11 already combined to indicate the per 
lunch amount; the maximum lunch reimbursement rates; the reimbursement 
rates for afterschool snacks served in afterschool care programs; the 
breakfast National Average Payment Factors including ``severe need'' 
schools; and the milk reimbursement rate. All amounts are expressed in 
dollars or fractions thereof. The payment factors and reimbursement 
rates used for the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico 
and Guam are those specified for the contiguous States.

              School Programs--Meal, Snack And Milk Payments To States And School Food Authorities
             [Expressed in dollars or fractions thereof effective from July 1, 2013--June 30, 2014]
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                                                  Less than                                            Maximum
  National School Lunch Program *    Less than     60% + 6    60% or more  60% or more    Maximum      rate + 6
                                        60%         cents                   + 6 cents       rate        cents
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CONTIGUOUS STATES:
    PAID..........................         0.28         0.34         0.30         0.36         0.36         0.42
    REDUCED PRICE.................         2.53         2.59         2.55         2.61         2.70         2.76
    FREE..........................         2.93         2.99         2.95         3.01         3.10         3.16
ALASKA:
    PAID..........................         0.45         0.51         0.47         0.53         0.57         0.63
    REDUCED PRICE.................         4.34         4.40         4.36         4.42         4.60         4.66
    FREE..........................         4.74         4.80         4.76         4.82         5.00         5.06
HAWAII:
    PAID..........................         0.32         0.38         0.34         0.40         0.41         0.47
    REDUCED PRICE.................         3.02         3.08         3.04         3.10         3.22         3.28
    FREE..........................         3.42         3.48         3.44         3.50         3.62         3.68
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      School breakfast program         Non-severe need     Severe need
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CONTIGUOUS STATES:
    PAID............................              0.28              0.28
    REDUCED PRICE...................              1.28              1.59
    FREE............................              1.58              1.89
ALASKA:
    PAID............................              0.41              0.41
    REDUCED PRICE...................              2.23              2.73
    FREE............................              2.53              3.03
HAWAII:
    PAID............................              0.31              0.31
    REDUCED PRICE...................              1.55              1.91
    FREE............................              1.85              2.21
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           Special milk program                 All milk          Paid milk                 Free Milk
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PRICING PROGRAMS WITHOUT FREE OPTION......            0.2025               N/A  N/A

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PRICING PROGRAMS WITH FREE OPTION.........               N/A            0.2025  Average Cost Per \1/2\ Pint of
                                                                                 Milk
NONPRICING PROGRAMS.......................            0.2025               N/A  N/A
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         Afterschool Snacks Served in Afterschool Care Programs
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CONTIGUOUS STATES:
    PAID.......................................                     0.07
    REDUCED PRICE..............................                     0.40
    FREE.......................................                     0.80
ALASKA:
    PAID.......................................                     0.11
    REDUCED PRICE..............................                      0.6
    FREE.......................................                     1.30
HAWAII:
    PAID.......................................                     0.08
    REDUCED PRICE..............................                     0.47
    FREE.......................................                     0.94
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* Payment listed for Free and Reduced Price Lunches include both section
  4 and section 11 funds

    This action 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.
    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3507), no new recordkeeping or reporting requirements have been 
included that are subject to approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget.
    This notice has been determined to be not significant and was 
reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget in conformance with 
Executive Order 12866.
    National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs 
are listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under No. 
10.555, No. 10.553 and No. 10.556, respectively, and are subject to the 
provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental 
consultation with State and local officials. (See 7 CFR Part 3015, 
Subpart V, and the final rule related notice published at 48 FR 29114, 
June 24, 1983).

    Authority: Sections 4, 8, 11 and 17A of the Richard B. Russell 
National School Lunch Act, as amended, (42 U.S.C. 1753, 1757, 1759a, 
1766a) and sections 3 and 4(b) of the Child Nutrition Act, as 
amended, (42 U.S.C. 1772 and 42 U.S.C. 1773(b)).

    Dated: July 16, 2013.
Audrey Rowe,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-17990 Filed 7-25-13; 8:45 am]
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