Friday, October 6, 2017
Adam Baker
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550
abaker@doe.in.gov


INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced today the 2017-2018 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.

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

Household

Size

Reduced-Price Meals – 185%

Must be at or below

 

Free Meals – 130%

Must be at or below

 

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

 

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

22,311

1,860

930

859

430

15,678

1,307

654

603

302

2

30,044

2,504

1,252

1,156

578

21,112

1,760

880

812

406

3

37,777

3,149

1,575

1,453

727

26,546

2,213

1,107

1,021

511

4

45,510

3,793

1,897

1,751

876

31,980

2,665

1,333

1,230

615

5

53,243

4,437

2,219

2,048

1,024

37,414

3,118

1,559

1,439

720

6

60,976

5,082

2,541

2,346

1,173

42,848

3,571

1,786

1,648

824

7

68,709

5,726

2,863

2,643

1,322

48,282

4,024

2,012

1,857

929

8

76,442

6,371

3,186

2,941

1,471

53,176

4,477

2,239

2,066

1,033

For each additional family member, add:

 

 

7,733

 

 

645

 

 

323

 

 

298

 

 

 

149

 

 

5,434

 

 

453

 

 

227

 

 

 

209

 

 

105

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: https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/nutrition/copy-cacfp-public-contact-list-41750.xls.

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: www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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