The Child Nutrition Program Administration (CNPA) at the State Education Department will be enhancing the existing Child Nutrition Management System and related Direct Certification Matching Process (DCMP). Beginning July 1, 2017, the CNPA will be launching a new functionality to move the DCMP from the local level to the State level.

This is an important step forward in ensuring all eligible New York State students receive free school meals. This new centralized State-level DCMP will reduce burdens on school districts and low-income households, and most of all, ensure that more low-income children have access to free nutrition at school on a consistent basis.

State level data matching is an effective and efficient method of directly certifying categorically eligible children for free school meals. State level data matching identifies a significantly higher number of categorically eligible children than the other methods of direct certification.