News

For Immediate Release
September 30, 2011

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, or foster care children that are legal responsibilities of the State or court, 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, 2011, to June 30, 2012
 
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
14,157
1,180
590
545
273
20,147
1,679
840
775
388
2
19,123
1,594
797
736
368
27,214
2,268
1,134
1,047
524
3
24,089
2,008
1,004
927
464
34,281
2,857
1,429
1,319
660
4
29,055
2,422
1,211
1,118
559
41,348
3,446
1,723
1,591
796
5
34,021
2,836
1,418
1,309
655
48,415
4,035
2,018
1,863
932
6
38,987
3,249
1,625
1,500
750
55,482
4,624
2,312
2,134
1,067
7
43,953
3,663
1,832
1,691
846
62,549
5,213
2,607
2,406
1,203
8
48,919
4,077
2,039
1,882
941
69,616
5,802
2,901
2,678
1,339
For each additional family member, add
4,966
414
207
191
96
7,067
589
295
272
136

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is 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 Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).   USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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