Thursday, September 17, 2020

Adam Baker
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550
abaker@doe.in.gov

 

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced today the 2020-2021 income eligibility guidelines for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Each year, based on federal poverty levels, 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.

Administered by IDOE, the mission of CACFP is to improve the diets of young children and older and impaired adults, and to increase the opportunity for people within these age groups to eat a variety of nutritious foods. The meals and snacks served meet nutritional standards set by the USDA. The income guidelines began July 1, 2020 and will remain in effect until June 30, 2021.

The guidelines apply to participants eligible for free or reduced-price meals served in CACFP participating day care facilities, family day care homes, and adult day care centers.

 

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021

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

23,606

1,968

984

908

454

16,588

1,383

692

638

319

2

31,894

2,658

1,329

1,227

614

22,412

1,868

934

862

431

3

40,182

3,349

1,675

1,546

773

28,236

2,353

1,177

1,086

543

4

48,470

4,040

2,020

1,865

933

34,060

2,839

1,420

1,310

655

5

56,758

4,730

2,365

2,183

1,092

39,884

3,324

1,662

1,534

767

6

65,046

5,421

2,711

2,502

1,251

45,708

3,809

1,905

1,758

879

7

73,334

6,112

3,056

2,821

1,411

51,532

4,295

2,148

1,982

991

8

81,622

6,802

3,401

3,140

1,570

57,356

4,780

2,390

2,206

1,103

For each additional family member, add:

 

8,288

 

691

 

346

 

319

 

160

 

5,824

 

486

 

243

 

224

 

112

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on family circumstances, several groups are automatically eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits. Those groups include the following participants/programs:

  • 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 centers, or an emergency shelter
  • Children enrolled in Adult Day Care Centers

Day care facilities typically provide applications for free or reduced-price meals during registration and throughout the beginning weeks of the “school” year. However, applications may be submitted anytime and only one application is required per household. All information is confidential. Please note: most CACFP participating day care facilities and adult day care centers 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 more information regarding CACFP, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/nutrition/child-and-adult-care-food-program. To view a list of Indiana CACFP facilities, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/nutrition/copy-cacfp-public-contact-list-41750.xls.

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: 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;

  1. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  2. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.