Child and Adult Care Food Program federal eligibility guidelines allow income increase for participants in fiscal year 2018

July 3, 2017

SPRINGFIELD — The federal eligibility guidelines for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) will allow for a slight increase in household income for participants to qualify for fiscal year 2018. The CACFP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The CACFP assists childcare centers, Head Start programs, before- and after-school programs, emergency shelters, and daycare home providers with funding to provide nutritious meals to children in their care. All participating childcare centers and daycare homes must provide meals to enrolled children at no additional charge.

“The Child and Adult Care Food Program ensures children in daycare who may not otherwise have regular access to healthy food are getting the proper nutrition they need to fuel their developing bodies and brains,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Physical health impacts learning. ISBE is proud to administer the federally funded CACFP to help address food insecurity in Illinois.”

Individuals who participate in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families(TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition AssistanceProgram (SNAP) are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. The USDA Household Income Eligibility Guidelines determine eligibility to receive free meal benefits for families that do not receive TANF or SNAP benefits. If a household's income falls within or below the listed guidelines, they should contact their childcare center or daycare home provider to learn about benefits of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. 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 benefits. Parents or guardians should contact their childcare center or daycare home provider to find out if they participate in CACFP.

Income Eligibility Guidelines: Effective from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018

Free Meals

130% Federal Poverty Guideline

Reduced-Price Meals

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

15,678

1,307

654

603

302

1

22,311

1,860

930

859

430

2

21,112

1,760

880

812

406

2

30,044

2,504

1,252

1,156

578

3

26,546

2,213

1,107

1,021

511

3

37,777

3,149

1,575

1,453

727

4

31,980

2,665

1,333

1,230

615

4

45,510

3,793

1,897

1,751

876

5

37,414

3,118

1,559

1,439

720

5

53,243

4,437

2,219

2,048

1,024

6

42,848

3,571

1,786

1,648

824

6

60,976

5,082

2,541

2,346

1,173

7

48,282

4,024

2,012

1,857

929

7

68,709

5,726

2,863

2,643

1,322

8

53,716

4,477

2,239

2,066

1,033

8

76,442

6,371

3,186

2,941

1,471

For each additional family member, add

 

5,434

 

453

 

227

 

209

 

105

For each additional family member, add

 

7,733

 

645

 

323

 

298

 

149

 

In 2013, a total of 1,755,180 people (643,040 of them children) in Illinois were food insecure, according to Feeding America’s Mind the Meal Gap 2015.