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Springfield, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced the availability of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  The CACFP is a federally funded program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is administered by ISBE.

 

The program is designed to primarily assist child care centers, Head Start programs, before- and after-school programs, emergency shelters, and day care home providers with funding to provide nutritious meals to children in their care.  All participating child care centers and day care homes must provide meals to enrolled children at no additional charge and without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Individuals in households that receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits.  Children enrolled in Head Start or Early Head Start programs are also allowed to receive free meal benefits at approved Head Start facilities.  Parents or guardians should contact their child care center or day care home provider to find out if they participate in this program. 

A list of participating Illinois institutions is available on the ISBE Nutrition Programs Interactive Map at http://webprod1.isbe.net/NutSvc/. 

The USDA Household Income Eligibility Guidelines are listed below for families who do not receive TANF or SNAP benefits.  If a household’s income falls within or below the listed guidelines, they should contact their child care center or day care home provider for the benefits of the program. They may be required to complete an application and provide income, TANF, or SNAP information. 

 

 

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective From July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011

 

Free Meals

Reduced-Price Meals

130% Federal Poverty Guideline

185% Federal Poverty Guideline

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

14,079

1,174

587

542

271

20,036

1,670

835

771

386

2

18,941

1,579

790

729

365

26,955

2,247

1,124

1,037

519

3

23,803

1,984

992

916

458

33,874

2,823

1,412

1,303

652

4

28,665

2,389

1,195

1,103

552

40,793

3,400

1,700

1,569

785

5

33,527

2,794

1,397

1,290

645

47,712

3,976

1,988

1,836

918

6

38,389

3,200

1,600

1,477

739

54,631

4,553

2,277

2,102

1,051

7

43,251

3,605

1,803

1,664

832

61,550

5,130

2,565

2,368

1,184

8

48,113

4,010

2,005

1,851

926

68,469

5,706

2,853

2,634

1,317

For each additional family member, add 4,862

406

203

187

94

6,919

577

289

267

134

In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture policy, institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). 

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