ISBE Announces Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Priced Meals

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The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced the income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price meals at participating child care centers across the state. Programs participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program served approximately 46 million meals last year, according to information collected by ISBE. CACFP is administered by ISBE and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). All participating child care centers and daycare homes must provide meals to enrolled children at no additional charge. Parents or guardians should contact their child care center or daycare home provider to find out if they participate in CACFP. Reimbursements for program sponsors are based on Income Eligibility Guidelines, which are updated annually by the USDA. Families may be asked to complete an application and provide income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program information. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

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