[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 136 (Wednesday, July 16, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 41531-41532]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-16718]


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Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 136 / Wednesday, July 16, 2014 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Child and Adult Care Food Program: National Average Payment 
Rates, Day Care Home; Food Service Payment Rates, and Administrative 
Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day Care Homes for 
the Period July 1, 2014 Through June 30, 2015

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the annual adjustments to the national 
average payment rates for meals and snacks served in child care 
centers, outside-school-hours care centers, at-risk afterschool care 
centers, and adult day care centers; the food service payment rates for 
meals and snacks served in day care homes; and the administrative 
reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes, to 
reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. Further adjustments are 
made to these rates to reflect the higher costs of providing meals in 
the States of Alaska and Hawaii. The adjustments contained in this 
notice are made on an annual basis each July, as required by the laws 
and regulations governing the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

DATES: These rates are effective from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 
2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tina Namian, Branch Chief, Policy and 
Program Development Division, Child Nutrition Programs, Food and 
Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center 
Drive, Room 1206, Alexandria, Virginia 22302-1594, 703-305-2590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Definitions

    The terms used in this notice have the meanings ascribed to them in 
the Child and Adult Care Food Program regulations, 7 CFR part 226.

Background

    Pursuant to sections 4, 11, and 17 of the Richard B. Russell 
National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1753, 1759a and 1766), section 4 
of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773), and 7 CFR 226.4, 
226.12 and 226.13 of the Program regulations, notice is hereby given of 
the new payment rates for institutions participating in the Child and 
Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). These rates are in effect during the 
period, July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
    As provided for under the law, all rates in the CACFP must be 
revised annually, on July 1, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price 
Index (CPI), published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United 
States Department of Labor, for the most recent 12-month period. In 
accordance with this mandate, the United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) last published the adjusted national average payment 
rates for centers, the food service payment rates for day care homes, 
and the administrative reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations 
of day care homes, for the period from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 
2014, on July 26, 2013, in the Federal Register at 78 FR 45176.

Adjusted Payments

    The following national average payment factors and food service 
payment rates for meals and snacks are in effect from July 1, 2014 
through June 30, 2015. All amounts are expressed in dollars or 
fractions thereof. Due to a higher cost of living, the 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. 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 lunch or supper 
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.

National Average Payment Rates for Centers

    Payments for breakfast served are: Contiguous States--paid rate--28 
cents, reduced price rate--132 cents, free rate--162 cents; Alaska--
paid rate--42 cents, reduced price rate--229 cents, free rate--259 
cents; Hawaii--paid rate -32 cents, reduced price rate -158 cents, free 
rate--188 cents.
    Payments for lunch or supper served are: Contiguous States--paid 
rate--28 cents, reduced price rate--258 cents, free rate--298 cents; 
Alaska--paid rate--46 cents, reduced price rate--444 cents, free rate--
484 cents; Hawaii--paid rate--33 cents, reduced price rate--309 cents, 
free rate--349 cents.
    Payments for snack served are: Contiguous States--paid rate--7 
cents, reduced price rate--41 cents, free rate--82 cents; Alaska--paid 
rate--12 cents, reduced price rate--66 cents, free rate--133 cents; 
Hawaii--paid rate--8 cents, reduced price rate--48 cents, free rate--96 
cents.

Food Service Payment Rates for Day Care Homes

    Payments for breakfast served are: Contiguous States--tier I--131 
cents and tier II--48 cents; Alaska--tier I--209 cents and tier II--74 
cents; Hawaii--tier I--153 cents and tier II--55 cents.
    Payments for lunch or supper served are: Contiguous States--tier 
I--247 cents and tier II--149 cents; Alaska--tier I--400 cents and tier 
II--241 cents; Hawaii--tier I--288 cents and tier II--174 cents.
    Payments for snack served are: Contiguous States--tier I--73 cents 
and tier II--20 cents; Alaska--tier I--119 cents and tier II--33 cents; 
Hawaii--tier I--86 cents and tier II--23 cents.

Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day 
Care Homes

    Monthly administrative payments to sponsors for each sponsored day 
care home are: Contiguous States--initial 50 homes--111 dollars, next 
150 homes--85 dollars, next 800 homes--66 dollars, each additional 
home--58 dollars; Alaska--initial 50 homes--180 dollars, next 150 
homes--137 dollars, next 800 homes--107 dollars, each additional home--
94 dollars; Hawaii--initial 50 homes--130 dollars, next 150 homes--

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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]
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                                                                                     Lunch and
                             Centers                                 Breakfast      supper \1\         Snack
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Contiguous states:
    Paid........................................................            0.28            0.28            0.07
    Reduced price...............................................            1.32            2.58            0.41
    Free........................................................            1.62            2.98            0.82
Alaska:
    Paid........................................................            0.42            0.46            0.12
    Reduced price...............................................            2.29            4.44            0.66
    Free........................................................            2.59            4.84            1.33
Hawaii:
    Paid........................................................            0.32            0.33            0.08
    Reduced price...............................................            1.58            3.09            0.48
    Free........................................................            1.88            3.49            0.96
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                                                                     Breakfast                   Lunch and supper                      Snack
                     Day care homes                      -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                              Tier I          Tier II         Tier I          Tier II         Tier I          Tier II
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Contiguous states.......................................            1.31            0.48            2.47            1.49            0.73            0.20
Alaska..................................................            2.09            0.74            4.00            2.41            1.19            0.33
Hawaii..................................................            1.53            0.55            2.88            1.74            0.86            0.23
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     Administrative reimbursement rates for
sponsoring  organizations of day care homes  per    Initial 50       Next 150        Next 800       Each addl.
      home/per month rates in U.S. dollars
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Contiguous states...............................             111              85              66              58
Alaska..........................................             180             137             107              94
Hawaii..........................................             130              99              77              68
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\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 12-month 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 12-month 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.
    The total amount of payments available to each State agency for 
distribution to institutions participating in CACFP is based on the 
rates contained in this notice.
    This action is not a rule as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) and thus is exempt from the provisions of that 
Act. This notice has been determined to be exempt under Executive Order 
12866.
    CACFP is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under 
No. 10.558 and is subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, 
which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local 
officials. (See 7 CFR part 3015, Subpart V, and final rule related 
notice published at 48 FR 29114, June 24, 1983.)
    This notice has been determined to be not significant and was 
reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in conformance 
with Executive Order 12866. This notice imposes no new reporting or 
recordkeeping provisions that are subject to OMB review in accordance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3518).

    Authority: Sections 4(b)(2), 11a, 17(c) and 17(f)(3)(B) of the 
Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1753(b)(2), 
1759a, 1766(f)(3)(B)) and section 4(b)(1)(B) of the Child Nutrition 
Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773(b)(1)(B)).

    Dated: July 9, 2014.
Audrey Rowe,
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
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