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Indiana Department of Education Announces 2017-18 Child and Adult Care Food Program Income Eligibility Guidelines
Updated October 9, 2017 7:14 AM | Filed under: Education
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced today the 2017-18 income eligibility guidelines for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) updates income eligibility guidelines for meals served at day care facilities and adult day care centers based on federal poverty levels.

Administered by IDOE, the purpose of CACFP is to improve the diets of young children and older and impaired adults, and to increase the opportunity for people in these groups to eat a variety of nutritious foods. The meals and snacks served meet nutritional standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The income guidelines began July 1, 2017, and will remain in effect until June 30, 2018. The guidelines apply to participant eligibility for free and reduced price meals served in day care facilities, family day care homes and adult day care centers that participate CACFP.

Based on family circumstances, certain groups are automatically eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits. Those groups include participants who are:

  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or Food Stamps in Indiana)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (adult day care)
  • Medicaid Participants (adult day care)
  • Foster Children
  • Children enrolled in Head Start, At-Risk Afterschool Center, or an Emergency Shelter

Day care facilities typically provide applications for free and reduced price meals during registration and the beginning weeks of the "school" year. Applications may be submitted anytime and only one application is required per household. All information is kept confidential. The majority of day care facilities and adult day care centers that participate in CACFP provide meals to all enrolled participants without any separate charge. Reimbursement to the facility is based on household income of those enrolled for care.

For a list of Indiana facilities participating in CACFP, please visit this link



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