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Download as PDF 41532 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 136 / Wednesday, July 16, 2014 / Notices 99 dollars, next 800 homes—77 dollars, each additional home—68 dollars. Payment Chart The following chart illustrates the national average payment factors and food service payment rates for meals and snacks in effect from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM (CACFP) [Per meal rates in whole or fractions of U.S. dollars effective from July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015] Centers Breakfast Contiguous states: Paid ....................................................................................................................................... Reduced price ...................................................................................................................... Free ...................................................................................................................................... Alaska: Paid ....................................................................................................................................... Reduced price ...................................................................................................................... Free ...................................................................................................................................... Hawaii: Paid ....................................................................................................................................... Reduced price ...................................................................................................................... Free ...................................................................................................................................... Breakfast Lunch and supper 1 Snack 0.28 1.32 1.62 0.28 2.58 2.98 0.07 0.41 0.82 0.42 2.29 2.59 0.46 4.44 4.84 0.12 0.66 1.33 0.32 1.58 1.88 0.33 3.09 3.49 0.08 0.48 0.96 Lunch and supper Snack Day care homes Tier I Contiguous states .................................... Alaska ...................................................... Hawaii ...................................................... Tier II 1.31 2.09 1.53 Tier I 0.48 0.74 0.55 Administrative reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes per home/per month rates in U.S. dollars Tier II 2.47 4.00 2.88 Initial 50 Contiguous states ............................................................................................ Alaska .............................................................................................................. Hawaii .............................................................................................................. Tier I 1.49 2.41 1.74 Next 150 111 180 130 Tier II 0.73 1.19 0.86 Next 800 85 137 99 0.20 0.33 0.23 Each addl. 66 107 77 58 94 68 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1 These rates do not include the value of USDA Foods or cash-in-lieu of USDA Foods which institutions receive as additional assistance for each CACFP lunch or supper served to participants. A notice announcing the value of USDA Foods and cash-in-lieu of USDA Foods is published separately in the Federal Register. The changes in the national average payment rates for centers reflect a 2.19 percent increase during the 12-month period, May 2013 to May 2014, (from 242.642 in May 2013, as previously published in the Federal Register, to 247.952 in May 2014) in the food away from home series of the CPI for All Urban Consumers. The changes in the food service payment rates for day care homes reflect a 2.66 percent increase during the 12month period, May 2013 to May 2014, (from 233.302 in May 2013, as previously published in the Federal Register to 239.504 in May 2014) in the food at home series of the CPI for All Urban Consumers. The changes in the administrative reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes reflect a 2.13 percent increase during the 12month period, May 2013 to May 2014, (from 232.945 in May 2013, as previously published in the Federal Register, to 237.900 in May 2014) in the series for all items of the CPI for All Urban Consumers. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Jul 15, 2014 Jkt 232001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 9, 2014. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2014–16718 Filed 7–15–14; 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16JYN1.SGM 16JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 136 / Wednesday, July 16, 2014 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 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, 2014 through June 30, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rosemary O’Connell, Branch Chief, Policy and Program Development Division, Child Nutrition Programs, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1206, 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, 2014 through June 30, 2015, 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 20.30 cents. This reflects an increase of 13.45 percent in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products from May 2013 to May 2014 (from a level of 221.6 in May 2013, as previously published in the Federal Register to 251.4 in May 2014). As a reminder, schools or institutions with pricing programs that elect to serve VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Jul 15, 2014 Jkt 232001 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, 2014 through June 30, 2015 reflect a 2.19 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers during the 12-month period May 2013 to May 2014 (from a level of 242.642 in May 2013, as previously published in the Federal Register to 247.952 in May 2014). 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. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41533 To supplement these section 4 payments, section 11 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a) 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, 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 January 3, 2014, the final rule entitled, ‘‘Certification of Compliance With Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010’’ (79 FR 325), 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 final 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 E:\FR\FM\16JYN1.SGM 16JYN1 41534 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 136 / Wednesday, July 16, 2014 / Notices 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, 2014 through June 30, 2015. 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. 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 2012–13, 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—46 cents, free and reduced price rate—46 cents, maximum rate—57 cents; Hawaii—paid rate—33 cents, free and reduced price rate—33 cents, maximum rate—41 cents. In school food authorities which served 60 percent or more free and breakfast—162 cents, reduced price breakfast—132 cents, paid breakfast—28 cents; Alaska—free breakfast—259 cents, reduced price breakfast—229 cents, paid breakfast—42 cents; Hawaii—free breakfast—188 cents, reduced price breakfast—158 cents, paid breakfast—32 cents. For schools in ‘‘severe need’’ the payments are: Contiguous States—free breakfast—193 cents, reduced price breakfast—163 cents, paid breakfast—28 cents; Alaska—free breakfast—310 cents, reduced price breakfast—280 cents, paid breakfast—42 cents; Hawaii—free breakfast—225 cents, reduced price breakfast—195 cents, paid breakfast—32 cents. reduced price lunches in School Year 2012–13, payments are: Contiguous States—paid rate—30 cents, free and reduced price rate—30 cents, maximum rate—36 cents; Alaska—paid rate—48 cents, free and reduced price rate—48 cents, maximum rate—57 cents; Hawaii—paid rate—35 cents, free and reduced price rate—35 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—270 cents, reduced price lunch—230 cents; Alaska—free lunch— 438 cents, reduced price lunch—398 cents; Hawaii—free lunch—316 cents, reduced price lunch—276 cents. Afterschool Snacks in Afterschool Care Programs—The payments are: Contiguous States—free snack—82 cents, reduced price snack—41 cents, paid snack—07 cents; Alaska—free snack—133 cents, reduced price snack—66 cents, paid snack—12 cents; Hawaii—free snack—96 cents, reduced price snack—48 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 SCHOOL PROGRAMS MEAL, SNACK AND MILK PAYMENTS TO STATES AND SCHOOL FOOD AUTHORITIES [Expressed in dollars or fractions thereof effective from July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015] 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 60% or more + 6 cents * 0.34 2.64 3.04 0.30 2.60 3.00 0.36 2.66 3.06 0.36 2.75 3.15 0.42 2.81 3.21 0.46 4.44 4.84 0.52 4.50 4.90 0.48 4.46 4.86 0.54 4.52 4.92 0.57 4.69 5.09 0.63 4.75 5.15 0.33 3.09 3.49 0.39 3.15 3.55 0.35 3.11 3.51 0.41 3.17 3.57 0.41 3.28 3.68 0.47 3.34 3.74 Non-severe need tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Contiguous States: Paid ................................................................................................................................................................... Reduced Price .................................................................................................................................................. Free .................................................................................................................................................................. Alaska: Paid ................................................................................................................................................................... Reduced Price .................................................................................................................................................. Free .................................................................................................................................................................. Hawaii: Paid ................................................................................................................................................................... Reduced Price .................................................................................................................................................. 17:58 Jul 15, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Maximum rate + 6 cents * 0.28 2.58 2.98 School breakfast program VerDate Mar<15>2010 Maximim rate Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\16JYN1.SGM 16JYN1 Severe need 0.28 1.32 1.62 0.28 1.63 1.93 0.42 2.29 2.59 0.42 2.80 3.10 0.32 1.58 0.32 1.95 41535 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 136 / Wednesday, July 16, 2014 / Notices Non-severe need School breakfast program Free .................................................................................................................................................................. Special milk program All milk Severe need 1.88 Paid milk Pricing programs without free option ...................................................................................... Pricing programs with free option ........................................................................................... 0.2300 N/A N/A 0.2300 Nonpricing programs ............................................................................................................... 0.2300 N/A 2.25 Free milk N/A. Average Cost Per 1⁄2 Pint of Milk. N/A. * Performance-based cash reimbursement (adjusted annually for inflation). 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 0.41 0.82 0.12 0.66 1.33 0.08 0.48 0.96 * Payment listed for Free and Reduced Price Lunches include both section 4 and section 11 funds. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 11, 2014. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2014–16719 Filed 7–15–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Jul 15, 2014 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of intent to re-establish an advisory committee. AGENCY: The Secretary of Agriculture intends to re-establish the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council). In accordance with provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Council is being reestablished to continue: (1) Developing a National Urban and Community Forestry action plan in accordance with Section 9(g)(3)(A–F) of the Act; (2) evaluating the implementation of the plan; (3) developing criteria; and (4) submitting recommendations for the Forest Service’s National Urban and Community Forestry Cost-share Grant Program as required by Section 9(f)(1– 2) of the Act. The Council is necessary and in the public interest. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Stremple, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Cooperative Forestry, address: Yates Building, 3NW, Mail Stop 1151, 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC 20250 or telephone: 202–205–7829. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App 2), Section 9 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, as amended by Title XII, Section 1219 of Public Law 101–624 (Act) (16 U.S.C. 2105g), and with the concurrences of the General Services Administration (GSA), the Secretary of Agriculture intends to re-establish the Council. The Council is a statutory advisory committee. The Council operates under the provisions of FACA and will report to the Secretary of Agriculture through the Chief of the Forest Service. The purpose of the Council is to provide advice on urban and community forestry and related natural resources and make recommendations on how USDA can tailor its programs to better serve the needs of the urban and community forestry community of practice. The Council will perfom the following tasks listed above in the ‘‘Summary Section’’. Advisory Committee Organization The Council will be comprised of 15 members who provide a balanced and broad representation within each of the following interests: E:\FR\FM\16JYN1.SGM 16JYN1

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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

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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 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, 2014 through June 30, 
2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rosemary O'Connell, Branch Chief, 
Policy and Program Development Division, Child Nutrition Programs, Food 
and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1206, 
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, 2014 through June 30, 2015, 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 
20.30 cents. This reflects an increase of 13.45 percent in the Producer 
Price Index for Fluid Milk Products from May 2013 to May 2014 (from a 
level of 221.6 in May 2013, as previously published in the Federal 
Register to 251.4 in May 2014).
    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, 2014 through June 30, 2015 reflect a 2.19 percent increase in the 
Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers during the 12-month period 
May 2013 to May 2014 (from a level of 242.642 in May 2013, as 
previously published in the Federal Register to 247.952 in May 2014). 
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. 1759a) 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 January 
3, 2014, the final rule entitled, ``Certification of Compliance With 
Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the 
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010'' (79 FR 325), 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 final 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

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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, 2014 through June 30, 2015. 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.

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 2012-13, 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--46 cents, free and 
reduced price rate--46 cents, maximum rate--57 cents; Hawaii--paid 
rate--33 cents, free and reduced price rate--33 cents, maximum rate--41 
cents.
    In school food authorities which served 60 percent or more free and 
reduced price lunches in School Year 2012-13, payments are: Contiguous 
States--paid rate--30 cents, free and reduced price rate--30 cents, 
maximum rate--36 cents; Alaska--paid rate--48 cents, free and reduced 
price rate--48 cents, maximum rate--57 cents; Hawaii--paid rate--35 
cents, free and reduced price rate--35 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--270 cents, reduced price lunch--230 cents; Alaska--free 
lunch--438 cents, reduced price lunch--398 cents; Hawaii--free lunch--
316 cents, reduced price lunch--276 cents.
    Afterschool Snacks in Afterschool Care Programs--The payments are: 
Contiguous States--free snack--82 cents, reduced price snack--41 cents, 
paid snack--07 cents; Alaska--free snack--133 cents, reduced price 
snack--66 cents, paid snack--12 cents; Hawaii--free snack--96 cents, 
reduced price snack--48 cents, paid snack--08 cents.

School Breakfast Program Payments

    For schools ``not in severe need'' the payments are: Contiguous 
States--free breakfast--162 cents, reduced price breakfast--132 cents, 
paid breakfast--28 cents; Alaska--free breakfast--259 cents, reduced 
price breakfast--229 cents, paid breakfast--42 cents; Hawaii--free 
breakfast--188 cents, reduced price breakfast--158 cents, paid 
breakfast--32 cents.
    For schools in ``severe need'' the payments are: Contiguous 
States--free breakfast--193 cents, reduced price breakfast--163 cents, 
paid breakfast--28 cents; Alaska--free breakfast--310 cents, reduced 
price breakfast--280 cents, paid breakfast--42 cents; Hawaii--free 
breakfast--225 cents, reduced price breakfast--195 cents, paid 
breakfast--32 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, 2014-June 30, 2015]
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                                                  Less than                                            Maximum
  National school lunch program *    Less than     60% + 6    60% or more  60% or more    Maximim      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.................         2.58         2.64         2.60         2.66         2.75         2.81
    Free..........................         2.98         3.04         3.00         3.06         3.15         3.21
Alaska:
    Paid..........................         0.46         0.52         0.48         0.54         0.57         0.63
    Reduced Price.................         4.44         4.50         4.46         4.52         4.69         4.75
    Free..........................         4.84         4.90         4.86         4.92         5.09         5.15
Hawaii:
    Paid..........................         0.33         0.39         0.35         0.41         0.41         0.47
    Reduced Price.................         3.09         3.15         3.11         3.17         3.28         3.34
    Free..........................         3.49         3.55         3.51         3.57         3.68         3.74
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                                            Non-severe
        School breakfast program               need         Severe need
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Contiguous States:
    Paid................................            0.28            0.28
    Reduced Price.......................            1.32            1.63
    Free................................            1.62            1.93
Alaska:
    Paid................................            0.42            0.42
    Reduced Price.......................            2.29            2.80
    Free................................            2.59            3.10
Hawaii:
    Paid................................            0.32            0.32
    Reduced Price.......................            1.58            1.95

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    Free................................            1.88            2.25
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            Special milk program                All milk        Paid milk                 Free milk
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Pricing programs without free option.......          0.2300             N/A  N/A.
Pricing programs with free option..........             N/A          0.2300  Average Cost Per \1/2\ Pint of
                                                                              Milk.
Nonpricing programs........................          0.2300             N/A  N/A.
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* Performance-based cash reimbursement (adjusted annually for inflation).


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         Afterschool Snacks Served in Afterschool Care Programs
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Contiguous States:
    Paid.............................................               0.07
    Reduced Price....................................               0.41
    Free.............................................               0.82
Alaska:
    Paid.............................................               0.12
    Reduced Price....................................               0.66
    Free.............................................               1.33
Hawaii:
    Paid.............................................               0.08
    Reduced Price....................................               0.48
    Free.............................................               0.96
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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 11, 2014.
Audrey Rowe,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-16719 Filed 7-15-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-30-P