NEWS

For Immediate Release
October 1, 2010

Illinois State Board of Education Announces the Child and Adult Care Food Program


SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today 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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