Friday, October 7, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education announced eligibility guidelines for meals served through the Child and Adult Care Food Program today. The guidelines include household size and income eligibility requirements for free and reduced price meals served in day care facilities, family day care homes and adult day care centers that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These income guidelines will remain in effect until June 30, 2017.

The following household size and income criteria will be used for determining eligibility:

Income Eligibility Guidelines Effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Household Size Reduced-Price Meals – 185% Must be at or below   Free Meals – 130% Must be at or below
  Annual Monthly Twice Per
Every Two
Weekly   Annual Monthly Twice Per
Every Two
1 21,978 1,832 916 846 423 15,444 1,287 644 594 297
2 29,637 2,470 1,235 1,140 570 20,826 1,736 868 801 401
3 37,296 3,108 1,554 1,435 718 26,208 2,184 1,092 1,008 504
4 44,955 3,747 1,874 1,730 865 31,590 2,633 1,317 1,215 608
5 52,614 4,385 2,193 2,024 1,012 36,972 3,081 1,541 1,422 711
6 60,273 5,023 2,512 2,319 1,160 42,354 3,530 1,765 1,629 815
7 67,951 5,663 2,832 2,614 1,307 47,749 3,980 1,990 1,837 919
8 75,647 6,304 3,152 2,910 1,455 53,157 4,430 2,215 2,045 1,023
For each
member, add:
7,696 642 321 296 148 5,408 451 226 208 104

The Child and Adult Care Food Program aims to improve the diets of young children and older and impaired adults and to increase the opportunity for them to eat a variety of nutritious foods. The meals and snacks served meet nutritional standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The majority of day care facilities and adult day care centers that participate in Child and Adult Care Food Program provide meals to all enrolled participants without any separate charge. Reimbursement to the facility is based on household income of those enrolled for care. Applications may be submitted anytime and only one application is required per household. All information is kept confidential.

Certain children and adults are automatically eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits. Those individuals include participants who qualify for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (adult day care), Medicaid participants (adult day care), foster children, and/or children enrolled in Head Start, At-Risk Afterschool Center, or an Emergency Shelter.

Additional information, including a list of participating facilities, can be found on the Department’s website.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.