Indiana Department of Education Announces 2018-2019 Child and Adult Care Food Program Income Eligibility Guidelines

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced today the 2018-2019 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, 2018 and will remain in effect until June 30, 2019. 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, 2018 to June 30, 2019

Household

Size

Reduced Price Meals – 185%

Must be at or below

Free Meals – 130%

Must be at or below

AnnualMonthlyTwice Per MonthEvery Two WeeksWeeklyAnnualMonthlyTwice Per MonthEvery Two WeeksWeekly
122,4591,87293686443215,7821,316658607304
230,4512,5381,2691,17258621,3981,784892823412
338,4433,2041,6021,47974027,0142,2521,1261,039520
446,4353,8701,9351,78689332,6302,7201,3601,255628
554,4274,5362,2682,0941,04738,2463,1881,5941,471736
662,4195,2022,6012,4011,20143,8623,6561,8281,687844
770,4115,8682,9342,7091,35549,4784,1242,0621,903952
878,4036,5343,2673,0161,50855,0944,5622,2962,1191,060
For each additional family member, add: 

 

7,992

 

 

666

 

 

333

 

 

308

 

 

 

154

 

 

5,616

 

 

468

 

 

234

 

 

 

216

 

 

108

 

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

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.

SOURCE: News release from Indiana Department of Education