National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates, 58678-58681 [2019-23946]

Download as PDF 58678 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 212 / Friday, November 1, 2019 / Notices 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 supersedes the notice published in the August 7, 2019 issue of the Federal Register entitled National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates (FR Doc. 84– 38590). It establishes new reimbursement rates for Guam and Virgin Islands to match the reimbursement rate provided to Puerto Rico, and corrects an incorrect date. Similar to FR Doc. 84–38590, 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 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. As stated above, Food and Nutrition Service is establishing new reimbursement rates for Guam and the Virgin Islands: It has approved a 17percent increase in school meal reimbursement rates for Guam and the Virgin Islands to reflect their higher cost of providing school meals. The rate adjustment will take effect beginning July 1, 2019, for school year 2019–2020. This increase is based on data indicating that the cost of producing school lunches, breakfasts, and snacks are higher than those in the continental United States, as well as other factors impacting both Guam and the Virgin Islands school meal programs. The annual rate adjustment for the Special Milk Program reflects changes in the SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:23 Oct 31, 2019 Jkt 250001 Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products. The payments and rates are prescribed on an annual basis each July. Overall, reimbursement rates this year for the National School Lunch, Breakfast Programs and the Special Milk Program either remained the same or increased compared to last year. Of note, the performance-based reimbursement for lunches certified as meeting the meal pattern increased from 6 cents to 7 cents. DATES: These rates are effective from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 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. 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. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. Performanced-based Reimbursement—In addition to the funding mentioned above, school food authorized certified as meeting the meal pattern and nutrition standard requirements set forth in 7 CFR parts 210 and 220 are eligible to receive performance-based cash assistance for each reimbursable lunch served (an additional seven cents per lunch available beginning July 1, 2019, increased by inflation from six cents to seven cents, and will continue to be adjusted and rounded down to the nearest whole cent). 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. E:\FR\FM\01NON1.SGM 01NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 212 / Friday, November 1, 2019 / Notices Adjusted 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, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Due to a higher cost of living, the average payments and maximum reimbursements for Alaska, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are higher than those for all other States. The District of Columbia uses figures specified for the contiguous States. These rates do not include the value of USDA Foods or cash-in-lieu of USDA Foods which schools receive as additional assistance for each meal served to participants under the Program. A notice announcing the value of USDA Foods and cash-in-lieu of USDA Foods is published separately in the Federal Register. 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. Special Milk Program Payments For the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, 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 21.50 cents reflecting an increase of 1 cent from the School Year (SY) 2018–2019 level. This change is based on the 3.92 percent increase in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products from May 2018 to May 2019. 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 Program Payments Overall, payments for the National School Lunch Program and the Afterschool Snack Program either remained the same or increased from last years payments due to a 2.94 percent increase in the national average payment rates for schools and residential child care institutions for the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 in the Consumer Price Index for VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:23 Oct 31, 2019 Jkt 250001 All Urban Consumers for the food away from home series during the 12-month period May 2018 to May 2019 (from a level of 275.307 in May 2018, as previously published in the Federal Register to 283.394 in May 2019). These changes are reflected below. 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) 2017–2018, the payments for meals served are: Contiguous States—paid rate—32 cents (1 cent increase from the SY 2018–2019 level), free and reduced price rate—32 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—40 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska—paid rate—53 cents (2 cents increase), free and reduced price rate—53 cents (2 cents increase), maximum rate—63 cents (2 cents increase); Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands—paid rate—38 cents (1 cent increase), free and reduced price rate—38 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—46 cents (1 cent increase). In school food authorities that served 60 percent or more free and reduced price lunches in School Year 2017– 2018, payments are: Contiguous States—paid rate—34 cents (1 cent increase from the SY 2018–2019 level), free and reduced price rate—34 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—40 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska—paid rate—55 cents (2 cents increase), free and reduced price rate—55 cents (2 cents increase), maximum rate—63 cents (2 cents increase); Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands—paid rate— 40 cents (1 cent increase), free and reduced price rate—40 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—46 cents (1 cent increase). Beginning this year, School food authorities certified to receive the performance-based cash assistance will receive an additional 7 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—3 dollars and 9 cents (9 cents increase from the SY 2018–2019 level), reduced price lunch—2 dollars and 69 cents (9 cents increase); Alaska—free lunch—5 dollars and 1 cent (14 cents increase), reduced price lunch—4 dollars and 61 cents (14 cents increase); Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands—free lunch—3 dollars and 62 cents (11 cents increase), reduced price lunch—3 dollars and 22 cents (11 cents increase). Afterschool Snacks in Afterschool Care Programs—The payments are: Contiguous States—free snack—94 cents (3 cents increase from the SY 2018–2019 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58679 level), reduced price snack—47 cents (2 cents increase), paid snack—8 cents (no change); Alaska—free snack –1 dollar and 52 cents (4 cents increase), reduced price snack—76 cents (2 cents increase), paid snack—13 cents (no change); Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands—free snack—1 dollar and 10 cents (4 cents increase), reduced price snack—55 cents (2 cent increase), paid snack—10 cents (1 cent increase). School Breakfast Program Payments Overall, payments for the National School Breakfast Program either remained the same or increased from last years payments due to a 2.94 percent increase in the national average payment rates for schools and residential child care institutions for the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Food Away from Home series during the 12-month period May 2018 to May 2019 (from a level of 275.307 in May 2018, as previously published in the Federal Register to 283.394 in May 2019). These changes are reflected below. For schools ‘‘not in severe need’’ the payments are: Contiguous States—free breakfast—1 dollar and 84 cents (5 cents increase from the SY 2018–2019 level), reduced price breakfast—1 dollar and 54 cents (5 cents increase), paid breakfast— 31 cents (no change); Alaska—free breakfast—2 dollars and 95 cents (8 cents increase), reduced price breakfast—2 dollars and 65 cents (8 cents increase), paid breakfast—47 cents (1 cent increase); Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands—free breakfast—2 dollars and 15 cents (6 cents increase), reduced price breakfast—1 dollar and 85 cents (6 cents increase), paid breakfast—36 cents (1 cent increase). For schools in ‘‘severe need’’ the payments are: Contiguous States—free breakfast—2 dollars and 20 cents (6 cents increase from the SY 2018–2019 level), reduced price breakfast—1 dollar and 90 cents (6 cents increase), paid breakfast—31 cents (no change); Alaska—free breakfast—3 dollars and 53 cents (10 cents increase), reduced price breakfast—3 dollars and 23 cents (10 cents increase), paid breakfast—47 cents (1 cent increase); Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands—free breakfast—2 dollars and 57 cents (7 cents increase), reduced price breakfast—2 dollars and 27 cents (7 cents increase), paid breakfast—36 cents (1 cent increase). Payment Chart The following chart illustrates the lunch National Average Payment E:\FR\FM\01NON1.SGM 01NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 212 / Friday, November 1, 2019 / Notices 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 BILLING CODE 3410–30–P 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 rule has been determined to be not significant and was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget in conformance with Executive Order 12866. Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this rule as note a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:23 Oct 31, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 thereof. The payment factors and reimbursement rates used for the District of Columbia are those specified for the contiguous States. E:\FR\FM\01NON1.SGM 01NON1 EN01NO19.008</GPH> 58680 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 212 / Friday, November 1, 2019 / Notices provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. (See 2 CFR 415.3–415.6). 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: September 10, 2019. Pamilyn Miller, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2019–23946 Filed 10–31–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–C DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business-Cooperative Service Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department of Agriculture. ACTION: Proposed collection; comments requested. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995), this Notice announces the Rural BusinessCooperative Service intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by December 31, 2019 to be assured of consideration. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Director, Specialty Programs Division, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250–3226, Telephone (202) 720– 1400 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program. OMB Number: 0570–0062. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The purpose of the RMAP program is to support the development and ongoing success of rural microentrepreneurs and microenterprises. Direct loans and grants are made to selected Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs). Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 2.17 hours per response. Respondents: Nonprofits, Indian Tribes, and Public Institutions of Higher Education. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:23 Oct 31, 2019 Jkt 250001 Estimated Number of Respondents: 40. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 11. Estimated Number of Responses: 804. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours on Respondents: 1,748. Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Thomas P. Dickson, Rural Development Innovation Center—Regulatory Team 2, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 1522, South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690– 4492. Email thomas.dickson@usda.gov. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Bette B. Brand, Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service. [FR Doc. 2019–23921 Filed 10–31–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meetings of the Nebraska Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. ACTION: Announcement of meeting. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act that the Nebraska Advisory Committee (Committee) will hold a meeting on Friday November 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Central time. The Committee will review testimony received and discuss a SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58681 partial draft report on civil rights and prison conditions for incarcerated individuals who are also living with mental illness in Nebraska. DATES: The meeting will take place on Friday November 15, 2019 at 2 p.m. Central. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Wojnaroski, DFO, at mwojnaroski@usccr.gov or (312) 353– 8311. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Call Information: Dial: 800– 367–2403, Conference ID: 6135675. Members of the public may listen to this discussion through the above call in number. An open comment period will be provided to allow members of the public to make a statement as time allows. The conference call operator will ask callers to identify themselves, the organization they are affiliated with (if any), and an email address prior to placing callers into the conference room. 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[Notices]
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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 supersedes the notice published in the August 7, 
2019 issue of the Federal Register entitled National School Lunch, 
Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/
Maximum Reimbursement Rates (FR Doc. 84-38590). It establishes new 
reimbursement rates for Guam and Virgin Islands to match the 
reimbursement rate provided to Puerto Rico, and corrects an incorrect 
date. Similar to FR Doc. 84-38590, 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 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. As stated above, Food and Nutrition Service is establishing 
new reimbursement rates for Guam and the Virgin Islands: It has 
approved a 17-percent increase in school meal reimbursement rates for 
Guam and the Virgin Islands to reflect their higher cost of providing 
school meals. The rate adjustment will take effect beginning July 1, 
2019, for school year 2019-2020. This increase is based on data 
indicating that the cost of producing school lunches, breakfasts, and 
snacks are higher than those in the continental United States, as well 
as other factors impacting both Guam and the Virgin Islands school meal 
programs. The annual rate adjustment for the Special Milk Program 
reflects changes in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products. 
The payments and rates are prescribed on an annual basis each July.
    Overall, reimbursement rates this year for the National School 
Lunch, Breakfast Programs and the Special Milk Program either remained 
the same or increased compared to last year. Of note, the performance-
based reimbursement for lunches certified as meeting the meal pattern 
increased from 6 cents to 7 cents.

DATES: These rates are effective from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 
2020

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.
    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.
    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.
    Performanced-based Reimbursement--In addition to the funding 
mentioned above, school food authorized certified as meeting the meal 
pattern and nutrition standard requirements set forth in 7 CFR parts 
210 and 220 are eligible to receive performance-based cash assistance 
for each reimbursable lunch served (an additional seven cents per lunch 
available beginning July 1, 2019, increased by inflation from six cents 
to seven cents, and will continue to be adjusted and rounded down to 
the nearest whole cent).
    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.

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Adjusted 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, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Due to a higher cost of 
living, the average payments and maximum reimbursements for Alaska, 
Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are higher than those 
for all other States. The District of Columbia uses figures specified 
for the contiguous States. These rates do not include the value of USDA 
Foods or cash-in-lieu of USDA Foods which schools receive as additional 
assistance for each meal served to participants under the Program. A 
notice announcing the value of USDA Foods and cash-in-lieu of USDA 
Foods is published separately in the Federal Register.
    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.

Special Milk Program Payments

    For the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, 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 
21.50 cents reflecting an increase of 1 cent from the School Year (SY) 
2018-2019 level. This change is based on the 3.92 percent increase in 
the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products from May 2018 to May 
2019.
    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 Program Payments

    Overall, payments for the National School Lunch Program and the 
Afterschool Snack Program either remained the same or increased from 
last years payments due to a 2.94 percent increase in the national 
average payment rates for schools and residential child care 
institutions for the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 in the 
Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the food away from 
home series during the 12-month period May 2018 to May 2019 (from a 
level of 275.307 in May 2018, as previously published in the Federal 
Register to 283.394 in May 2019).
    These changes are reflected below.
    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) 2017-2018, the payments for meals served 
are: Contiguous States--paid rate--32 cents (1 cent increase from the 
SY 2018-2019 level), free and reduced price rate--32 cents (1 cent 
increase), maximum rate--40 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska--paid 
rate--53 cents (2 cents increase), free and reduced price rate--53 
cents (2 cents increase), maximum rate--63 cents (2 cents increase); 
Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands--paid rate--38 cents 
(1 cent increase), free and reduced price rate--38 cents (1 cent 
increase), maximum rate--46 cents (1 cent increase).
    In school food authorities that served 60 percent or more free and 
reduced price lunches in School Year 2017-2018, payments are: 
Contiguous States--paid rate--34 cents (1 cent increase from the SY 
2018-2019 level), free and reduced price rate--34 cents (1 cent 
increase), maximum rate--40 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska--paid 
rate--55 cents (2 cents increase), free and reduced price rate--55 
cents (2 cents increase), maximum rate--63 cents (2 cents increase); 
Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands--paid rate--40 cents 
(1 cent increase), free and reduced price rate--40 cents (1 cent 
increase), maximum rate--46 cents (1 cent increase).
    Beginning this year, School food authorities certified to receive 
the performance-based cash assistance will receive an additional 7 
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--3 dollars and 9 cents (9 cents increase from the SY 2018-
2019 level), reduced price lunch--2 dollars and 69 cents (9 cents 
increase); Alaska--free lunch--5 dollars and 1 cent (14 cents 
increase), reduced price lunch--4 dollars and 61 cents (14 cents 
increase); Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands--free 
lunch--3 dollars and 62 cents (11 cents increase), reduced price 
lunch--3 dollars and 22 cents (11 cents increase).
    Afterschool Snacks in Afterschool Care Programs--The payments are: 
Contiguous States--free snack--94 cents (3 cents increase from the SY 
2018-2019 level), reduced price snack--47 cents (2 cents increase), 
paid snack--8 cents (no change); Alaska--free snack -1 dollar and 52 
cents (4 cents increase), reduced price snack--76 cents (2 cents 
increase), paid snack--13 cents (no change); Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico 
and the Virgin Islands--free snack--1 dollar and 10 cents (4 cents 
increase), reduced price snack--55 cents (2 cent increase), paid 
snack--10 cents (1 cent increase).

School Breakfast Program Payments

    Overall, payments for the National School Breakfast Program either 
remained the same or increased from last years payments due to a 2.94 
percent increase in the national average payment rates for schools and 
residential child care institutions for the period July 1, 2019 through 
June 30, 2020 in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in 
the Food Away from Home series during the 12-month period May 2018 to 
May 2019 (from a level of 275.307 in May 2018, as previously published 
in the Federal Register to 283.394 in May 2019).
    These changes are reflected below.
    For schools ``not in severe need'' the payments are: Contiguous 
States--free breakfast--1 dollar and 84 cents (5 cents increase from 
the SY 2018-2019 level), reduced price breakfast--1 dollar and 54 cents 
(5 cents increase), paid breakfast--31 cents (no change); Alaska--free 
breakfast--2 dollars and 95 cents (8 cents increase), reduced price 
breakfast--2 dollars and 65 cents (8 cents increase), paid breakfast--
47 cents (1 cent increase); Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin 
Islands--free breakfast--2 dollars and 15 cents (6 cents increase), 
reduced price breakfast--1 dollar and 85 cents (6 cents increase), paid 
breakfast--36 cents (1 cent increase).
    For schools in ``severe need'' the payments are: Contiguous 
States--free breakfast--2 dollars and 20 cents (6 cents increase from 
the SY 2018-2019 level), reduced price breakfast--1 dollar and 90 cents 
(6 cents increase), paid breakfast--31 cents (no change); Alaska--free 
breakfast--3 dollars and 53 cents (10 cents increase), reduced price 
breakfast--3 dollars and 23 cents (10 cents increase), paid breakfast--
47 cents (1 cent increase); Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin 
Islands--free breakfast--2 dollars and 57 cents (7 cents increase), 
reduced price breakfast--2 dollars and 27 cents (7 cents increase), 
paid breakfast--36 cents (1 cent increase).

Payment Chart

    The following chart illustrates the lunch National Average Payment

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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 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. 
3507), no new recordkeeping or reporting requirements have been 
included that are subject to approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget.
    This rule has been determined to be not significant and was 
reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget in conformance with 
Executive Order 12866. Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 
U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs 
designated this rule as note a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 
804(2).
    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

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provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental 
consultation with State and local officials. (See 2 CFR 415.3-415.6).

    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: September 10, 2019.
Pamilyn Miller,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-23946 Filed 10-31-19; 8:45 am]
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