National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates, 35175-35178 [2017-15956]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 144 / Friday, July 28, 2017 / Notices This notice has been determined to be not significant and was not 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 13, 2017. Jessica Shahin, Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2017–15950 Filed 7–27–17; 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 AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service, USDA ACTION: Notice. 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 that 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, 2017 through June 30, 2018. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jul 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Saracino, Branch Chief, Program Monitoring and Operational Support Division, Child Nutrition Programs, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 640, Alexandria, VA 22302–1594. 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, 2017 through June 30, 2018, the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to a nonneedy child in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program is 20.75 cents. This reflects an increase of 1 cent from the School Year (SY) 2016–17 level, based on the 4.21 percent increase in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products from May 2016 to May 2017 (from a level of 216.1 in May 2016, as previously published in the Federal Register to 225.2 in May 2017). 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 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35175 average payment rates for schools and residential child care institutions for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 reflect a 2.31 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers during the 12-month period May 2016 to May 2017 (from a level of 262.074 in May 2016, as previously published in the Federal Register to 268.128 in May 2017). 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, 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 E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 35176 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 144 / Friday, July 28, 2017 / Notices 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 need’’ because they serve a high percentage of needy children. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 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, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Due to a higher cost of living, the average payments and maximum reimbursements for Alaska, Puerto Rico and Hawaii are higher than those for all other States. The District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Guam use the figures specified for the contiguous States. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jul 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 National School Lunch Program Payments Section 4 National Average Payment Factors—In school food authorities that served less than 60 percent free and reduced price lunches in School Year (SY) 2015–16, the payments for meals served are: Contiguous States—paid rate—31 cents (1 cent increase from the SY 2016–17 level), free and reduced price rate—31 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—39 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska—paid rate—50 cents (1 cent increase), free and reduced price rate—50 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—61 cents (1 cent increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico—paid rate—36 cents (1 cent increase), free and reduced price rate—36 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—45 cents (1 cent increase). In school food authorities that served 60 percent or more free and reduced price lunches in School Year 2015–16, payments are: Contiguous States—paid rate—33 cents (1 cent increase from the SY 2016–17 level), free and reduced price rate—33 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—39 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska—paid rate—52 cents (1 cent increase), free and reduced price rate—52 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—61 cents (1 cent increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico—paid rate—38 cents (1 cent increase), free and reduced price rate—38 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—45 cents (1 cent increase). 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—292 cents (6 cents increase from the SY 2016–2017 level), reduced price lunch—252 cents (6 cents increase); Alaska—free lunch—474 cents (11 cents increase), reduced price lunch—434 cents (11 cents increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico—free lunch—342 cents (8 cents increase), reduced price lunch— 302 cents (8 cents increase). Afterschool Snacks in Afterschool Care Programs—The payments are: Contiguous States—free snack—88 cents (2 cents increase from the SY 2016–2017 level), reduced price snack—44 cents (1 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 cent increase), paid snack—8 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska—free snack—144 cents (4 cents increase), reduced price snack—72 cents (2 cents increase), paid snack—13 cents (1 cent increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico—free snack— 104 cents (3 cents increase), reduced price snack—52 cents (2 cents increase), paid snack—9 cents (no change). School Breakfast Program Payments For schools ‘‘not in severe need’’ the payments are: Contiguous States—free breakfast—175 cents (4 cents increase from the SY 2016–2017 level), reduced price breakfast—145 cents (4 cents increase), paid breakfast—30 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska—free breakfast— 279 cents (6 cents increase), reduced price breakfast—249 cents (6 cents increase), paid breakfast—45 cents (1 cent increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico—free breakfast—203 cents (4 cents increase), reduced price breakfast—173 cents (4 cents increase), paid breakfast— 34 cents (1 cent increase). For schools in ‘‘severe need’’ the payments are: Contiguous States—free breakfast—209 cents (5 cents increase from the SY 2016–2017 level), reduced price breakfast—179 cents (5 cents increase), paid breakfast—30 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska—free breakfast— 335 cents (8 cents increase), reduced price breakfast—305 cents (8 cents increase), paid breakfast—45 cents (1 cent increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico—free breakfast—243 cents (5 cents increase), reduced price breakfast—213 cents (5 cents increase), paid breakfast— 34 cents (1 cent increase). 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, and Guam are those specified for the contiguous States. E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 35177 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 144 / Friday, July 28, 2017 / Notices SCHOOL PROGRAMS MEAL, SNACK AND MILK PAYMENTS TO STATES AND SCHOOL FOOD AUTHORITIES Expressed in Dollars or Fractions Thereof Effective fi'om: July 1, 2017 -June 30, 2018 PROGRAM LESS THAN 60%+6 LESS THAN 60% NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH 1 PAID CONTIGUOUS REDUCED PRICE STATES FREE PAID ALASKA REDUCED PRICE FREE PAID HAWAll and REDUCED PRICE PUER10RICO FREE ccnts 0.37 2.89 3.29 0.56 4.90 5.30 0.42 3.44 3.84 0.31 2.83 3.23 0.50 4.84 5.24 0.36 3.38 3.78 SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM PAID REDUCED PRICE FREE PAID REDUCED PRICE FREE PAID REDUCED PRICE FREE CONTIGUOUS STATES ALASKA HAWAll and PUER10 RICO SPECIAL MILK PROGRAM PRICING PROGRAMS WITHOUT FREE OPTION 2 60%or MAXIMUM 60%0R MAXIMUM MORE+ RATE+6 MORE RATE 0 2 6 cents~ cents 0.33 0.39 2.85 2.91 3.25 3.31 0.52 0.58 4.86 4.92 5.26 5.32 0.38 0.44 3.40 3.46 3.80 3.86 NON-SEVERE NEED 0.30 1.45 1.75 0.45 2.49 2.79 0.34 1.73 2.03 ALL PAID MILK MILK 0.39 3.00 3.40 0.61 5.09 5.49 0.45 3.57 3.97 0.45 3.06 3.46 0.67 5.15 5.55 0.51 3.63 4.03 SEVERE NEED 0.30 1.79 2.09 0.45 3.05 3.35 0.34 2.13 2.43 FREE MILK 0.2075 N/A N/A N/A 0.2075 Average Cost Per 1/2 Pint of Milk 0.2075 N/A N/A PRICING PROGRAMS WITH FREE OPTION NONPRICING PROGRAMS AFTERSCHOOL SNACKS SERVED IN AFTERSCHOOL CARE PROGRAMS ALASKA 2 Payment listed for Free and Reduced Price Lunches include both section 4 and section 11 funds Performance-based cash reimbursement (adjusted annually for inflation) This action is not a rule as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jul 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 601–612) and thus is exempt from the provisions of that Act. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507), E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 EN28JY17.013</GPH> asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES HAWAll and PUER10 RICO 1 0.08 0.44 0.88 0.13 0.72 1.44 0.09 0.52 1.04 PAID REDUCED PRICE FREE PAID REDUCED PRICE FREE PAID REDUCED PRICE FREE CONTIGUOUS STATES 35178 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 144 / Friday, July 28, 2017 / Notices 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 not 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. 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 13, 2017. Jessica Shahin, Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2017–15956 Filed 7–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request—Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Toolkit Intervention Submission Form and Scoring Tool Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on a proposed information collection, which will use two new forms. The purpose of the SNAP-Ed Toolkit Intervention Submission Form and Scoring Tool is to provide a uniform and transparent method for submission, review, and scoring of nutrition education, physical activity promotion, and obesity prevention interventions for possible inclusion in the SNAP-Ed Strategies and Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States (Toolkit). The Toolkit was developed to assist State agencies in locating evidencebased interventions for their implementation of SNAP-Ed asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:50 Jul 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 programming. The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (The Act) § 28(c)(3)(A) requires that States use evidence-based interventions. These forms will allow FNS to increase the selection of interventions available in the Toolkit, increase innovation in service delivery using interventions which reflect up-to-date research, and respond to intervention developer requests to be included in the Toolkit. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before September 26, 2017. ADDRESSES: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden hours, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Lisa Mays, State Administration Branch, Program Accountability and Administration Division, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 821, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Lisa Mays at 703–457–7762, or via email to SNAP-Ed@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to https://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 821, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will also be a matter of public record. CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Requests for additional information should be directed to Lisa Mays at SNAP-Ed@fns.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: SNAP Ed Toolkit Intervention Scoring Tool and Submission Form. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 OMB Number: 0584–NEW. Form Numbers: FNS–885 and FNS– 886. Expiration Date: TBD. Type of Request: New information collection. Abstract: SNAP-Ed State and Implementing agencies are able to identify and choose evidence-based interventions using the Toolkit. The Toolkit was developed collaboratively by FNS National and Regional Office SNAP-Ed staff, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Reduction (NCCOR), and the Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA). Currently, more than 80 interventions are available in the Toolkit (https:// snapedtoolkit.org/). This new data collection for additional interventions to be reviewed for inclusion in the Toolkit is necessary to: • Increase the selection available to agencies to allow them to find interventions that fit their specific needs. • Increase innovation in service delivery by encouraging adoption of interventions which reflect the most upto-date research of nutrition education, physical activity, and obesity prevention behavior change. • Allow FNS to respond to requests by intervention developers to be included in the Toolkit with a clear and transparent review process and criteria for inclusion. The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (The Act) § 28(c)(3)(A) states that State agencies ‘‘may use funds provided under this section for any evidence-based allowable use of funds’’ including ‘‘(i) individual and group-based nutrition education, health promotion, and intervention strategies’’. 7 CFR 272.2(2)(d) also states ‘‘SNAP-Ed activities must include evidence-based activities using one or more of these approaches: Individual or group-based nutrition education, health promotion, and intervention strategies; comprehensive, multi-level interventions at multiple complementary organizational and institutional levels; community and public health approaches to improve nutrition’’. The Intervention Submission Form (FNS 886) and Scoring Tool (FNS 885) allows for interventions to be assessed to determine if they are both evidence-based and use one of the approaches described. The Intervention Submission Form will be used by intervention developers (submitters) to provide information about the intervention they are submitting for inclusion in the Toolkit. Information requested includes E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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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 that 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, 2017 through June 30, 
2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Saracino, Branch Chief, 
Program Monitoring and Operational Support Division, Child Nutrition 
Programs, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 640, Alexandria, VA 22302-1594.

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, 2017 through June 30, 2018, the rate of 
reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to a non-needy child in a 
school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program is 
20.75 cents. This reflects an increase of 1 cent from the School Year 
(SY) 2016-17 level, based on the 4.21 percent increase in the Producer 
Price Index for Fluid Milk Products from May 2016 to May 2017 (from a 
level of 216.1 in May 2016, as previously published in the Federal 
Register to 225.2 in May 2017).
    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, 2017 through June 30, 2018 reflect a 2.31 percent increase in the 
Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers during the 12-month period 
May 2016 to May 2017 (from a level of 262.074 in May 2016, as 
previously published in the Federal Register to 268.128 in May 2017). 
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 January 
3, 2014, the final rule entitled, ``Certification of Compliance With 
Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program

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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 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, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Due to a higher cost of 
living, the average payments and maximum reimbursements for Alaska, 
Puerto Rico and Hawaii are higher than those for all other States. The 
District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, 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 that served less than 60 percent free and reduced price 
lunches in School Year (SY) 2015-16, the payments for meals served are: 
Contiguous States--paid rate--31 cents (1 cent increase from the SY 
2016-17 level), free and reduced price rate--31 cents (1 cent 
increase), maximum rate--39 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska--paid 
rate--50 cents (1 cent increase), free and reduced price rate--50 cents 
(1 cent increase), maximum rate--61 cents (1 cent increase); Hawaii and 
Puerto Rico--paid rate--36 cents (1 cent increase), free and reduced 
price rate--36 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate--45 cents (1 cent 
increase).
    In school food authorities that served 60 percent or more free and 
reduced price lunches in School Year 2015-16, payments are: Contiguous 
States--paid rate--33 cents (1 cent increase from the SY 2016-17 
level), free and reduced price rate--33 cents (1 cent increase), 
maximum rate--39 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska--paid rate--52 cents 
(1 cent increase), free and reduced price rate--52 cents (1 cent 
increase), maximum rate--61 cents (1 cent increase); Hawaii and Puerto 
Rico--paid rate--38 cents (1 cent increase), free and reduced price 
rate--38 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate--45 cents (1 cent 
increase).
    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--292 cents (6 cents increase from the SY 2016-2017 level), 
reduced price lunch--252 cents (6 cents increase); Alaska--free lunch--
474 cents (11 cents increase), reduced price lunch--434 cents (11 cents 
increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico--free lunch--342 cents (8 cents 
increase), reduced price lunch--302 cents (8 cents increase).
    Afterschool Snacks in Afterschool Care Programs--The payments are: 
Contiguous States--free snack--88 cents (2 cents increase from the SY 
2016-2017 level), reduced price snack--44 cents (1 cent increase), paid 
snack--8 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska--free snack--144 cents (4 
cents increase), reduced price snack--72 cents (2 cents increase), paid 
snack--13 cents (1 cent increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico--free snack--
104 cents (3 cents increase), reduced price snack--52 cents (2 cents 
increase), paid snack--9 cents (no change).

School Breakfast Program Payments

    For schools ``not in severe need'' the payments are: Contiguous 
States--free breakfast--175 cents (4 cents increase from the SY 2016-
2017 level), reduced price breakfast--145 cents (4 cents increase), 
paid breakfast--30 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska--free breakfast--279 
cents (6 cents increase), reduced price breakfast--249 cents (6 cents 
increase), paid breakfast--45 cents (1 cent increase); Hawaii and 
Puerto Rico--free breakfast--203 cents (4 cents increase), reduced 
price breakfast--173 cents (4 cents increase), paid breakfast--34 cents 
(1 cent increase).
    For schools in ``severe need'' the payments are: Contiguous 
States--free breakfast--209 cents (5 cents increase from the SY 2016-
2017 level), reduced price breakfast--179 cents (5 cents increase), 
paid breakfast--30 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska--free breakfast--335 
cents (8 cents increase), reduced price breakfast--305 cents (8 cents 
increase), paid breakfast--45 cents (1 cent increase); Hawaii and 
Puerto Rico--free breakfast--243 cents (5 cents increase), reduced 
price breakfast--213 cents (5 cents increase), paid breakfast--34 cents 
(1 cent increase).

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, and Guam are 
those specified for the contiguous States.

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    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. 
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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 not 
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.

    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 13, 2017.
Jessica Shahin,
Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-15956 Filed 7-27-17; 8:45 am]
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