September 21, 2020 , 5:05 am

Child and Adult Care Food Program 2020-2021 Announced by Indiana Department of Education

(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.

CACFP participating day care facilities, family day care homes, and adult day care centers.

Income Eligibility GuidelinesEffective until June 30, 2021
HouseholdSize Reduced Price Meals185% of federal poverty guidelines Free Meals130% of federal poverty guidelines
Anal 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

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.

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

Daycare 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 the household income of those enrolled for care.

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.

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