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Federal Funds Now Available for Meals Served in Daycare

 

FEDERAL FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR MEALS SERVED IN DAY CARE SETTINGS

 

Federal funds are available to help child and adult day care providers in Delaware serve nutritious, healthy meals to children and adults in their facilities.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).   Sponsors in CACFP can receive cash reimbursement for meals served.  Participant eligibility is tied to income eligibility guidelines that are adjusted annually by the USDA.  The current eligibility guidelines are as follows:

 

FOR USE BY CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM

INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR REDUCED PRICE MEALS

Effective Date July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

 

FAMILY SIZE

YEARLY

MONTHLY

WEEKLY

1

$21,590

$1800

  $416

2

$29,101

$2,426

  $560

3

$36,612

$3,051

  $705

4

$44,123

$3,677

  $849

5

$51,634

$4,303

  $993

6

$59,145

$4,929

  $1,138

7

$66,656

$5,555

  $1,282

8

$74,167

$6,181

  $1,427

For each additional household member, add:

 

 

$7,51137

 

 

$626

 

 

  $145

Conversion Factors: Conversion is required if there are multiple income sources with more than one frequency (Example: a ‘monthly’ Social Security check and a ‘weekly’ wage stub), the participating agency must annualize all income by multiplying: Weekly income by 52; Bi-weekly income (received every two weeks) by 26; Semi-monthly income (received twice a month) by 24; Monthly income by 12

 

The Delaware Department of Education is the state agency that administers the CACFP in Delaware.  Under CACFP, eligible sponsors include licensed child care centers, adult day care centers, emergency/homeless shelters, and family day care home providers.
 

 

Children enrolled at child care centers, family day care homes, some after-school programs, or adult day care centers participating in the CACFP receive meals/snacks at no charge.  Reimbursement to the centers or providers varies depending on the number of children or adults meeting USDA's household size and income eligibility guidelines.  The program covers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.  Centers or providers may be reimbursed for up to two meals and one snack per participant each day.