SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that funding is available for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in fiscal year 2021. The program assists child care centers, Head Start programs, before-and after-school programs, emergency shelters, and day care home providers with funding to serve healthy meals to children.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means even more families now depend on federally funded nutrition programs. Funding from this program has provided meals to thousands of children at emergency child care centers across the state during the pandemic. All participating child care centers must provide meals to enrolled children at no additional cost. Funding for the CACFP comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“As Illinois safely reopens under Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, the Child and Adult Care Food Program will ensure children in day care and child care across the state receive nutritious meals,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “The program will help thousands of Illinois children get free meals as their parents head back to work. ISBE is proud to administer this program and work with child care and day care centers across the state to keep children fed.”
Individuals in households who participate in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (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, a member of the household should contact their child care center or day care home provider to learn about benefits of the CACFP. 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 child care center or day care home provider to find out if they participate in CACFP.
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 child care center or day care home provider to find out if they participate in CACFP.
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