unnamed.pngCHICAGO – With the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of families depend on federally funded nutrition programs, leading State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) to educate child care centers about the upcoming Child and Adult Care Food Program and the resources it will help provide.

“This pandemic has proven to be a time of struggle for many. I am happy this program will continue, so our children never have to go hungry,” Van Pelt said.

In addition to child care centers, Head Start programs, emergency shelters and day care home providers will be eligible for the funding, which will offer healthy meals to children.

People in households who participate in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are also eligible to receive free meal benefits. Families that don’t receive TANF or SNAP benefits eligibility will be determined by the USDA Household Income Eligibility Guidelines.

A member of the household should contact their child care center or day care home provider to learn about benefits of the CACFP if their household’s income falls within or below the listed guidelines. They may be required to complete an application and provide income, TANF or SNAP information.

Children enrolled in Head Start or Early Head Start programs at approved Head Start facilities, and foster care children who are legal responsibilities of the state or court also receive free meal assistance. To find out if they participate in CACFP, parents or guardians should contact their child care center or day care home provider.

 

 

Income Eligibility Guidelines
Effective from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021

Free Meals
Reduced-Price Meals
130% Federal Poverty Guideline 185% Federal Poverty Guideline
Household Size Annual Monthly Twice Per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly Household Size Annual Monthly Twice Per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly
1 16,588 1,383 692 638 319 1 23,606 1,968 984 908 454
2 22,412 1,868 934 862 431 2 31,894 2,658 1,329 1,227 614
3 28,236 2,353 1,177 1,086 543 3 40,182 3,349 1,675 1,546 773
4 34,060 2,839 1,420 1,310 655 4 48,470 4,040 2,020 1,865 933
5 39,884 3,324 1,662 1,534 767 5 56,758 4,730 2,365 2,183 1,092
6 45,708 3,809 1,905 1,758 879 6 65,046 5,421 2,711 2,502 1,251
7 51,532 4,295 2,148 1,982 991 7 73,334 6,112 3,056 2,821 1,411
8 57,356 4,780 2,390 2,206 1,103 8 81,622 6,802 3,401 3,140 1,570
For each additional family member, add 5,824 486 243 224 112 For each additional family member, add 8,288 691 346 319 160

 

How to apply:

• Child care institutions can learn more and apply for the program here: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Nutrition-and-Wellness-Child-Care-Institutions.aspx

• Family day care homes can learn more here: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Family-Day-Care-Homes.aspx

• Those interested in the adult care portion of the program can visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/aging/programs/Pages/Child-and-Adult-Care-Food-Program-(CACFP).aspx

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