722 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 offers additional funds to
State Agencies administering the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and
School Breakfast Program (SBP) to provide local operators of those programs
with additional reimbursements for emergency operating costs they incurred during
the public health emergency.
operators administering the school meal program shall receive these funds for estimated
shortfalls incurred during the months of March – June 2020. The amount of funding provided to each
program operator was determined by a statutory formula established under the
Act. This program is being implemented
with all program operators statewide having equal access.
district’s allocation is calculated by comparing meal reimbursement amounts for
March – June 2020 and March – June 2019 and applying the following formula:
(March 2019 reimbursement – March 2020
reimbursement) X 0.55 = RESULT / 2
(April 2019 reimbursement – April 2020
reimbursement) X 0.55
(May 2019 reimbursement – May 2020
reimbursement) X 0.55
+ (June 2019 reimbursement – June
2020 reimbursement) X 0.55
LEA total payment
the result of any individual monthly sub-result is negative, then there is no
additional reimbursement payment for that month.
DISTRICTS RECEIVING FUNDS:
complete list of district allocations is posted to the Arkansas Department of
Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education website at:
CODING/TRACKING/REPORTING OF FUNDS:
funds should be receipted into fund 8056 using revenue code 45556. Expenditures should be recorded directly to
this account. Allowable expenses for
these funds includes allowable items in regular food service accounts including
food, labor, supplies, and equipment necessary for the operation of the child
nutrition program. No transfers out of this fund are allowed. Also, districts should not use itself as a
vendor to pay out of this fund to any of its other accounts (i.e. regular food
service, general operating, etc.)
PERIOD OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS:
funds are subject to a very short timeframe and should be expended as quickly
as possible. All funds are being disbursed
upfront and must be liquidated by January 31, 2022. Any funds remaining as of that date must be
returned as expired to DESE.
staff recognizes the challenges districts will encounter while meeting this
condensed timeline. Some suggestions for
rapid depletion of funds include, but are not limited to:
- Distribute food service payroll to SOF 8056 for an approximate number of pay periods that will use the funding.
- Purchase non-perishable supplies for the food service department at any and all schools in the district.
- Purchase any needed equipment replaces/upgrades that will benefit the food service department into the future.