State Health Department Directs Nearly $151 Million to Support the New York Child and Adult Care Food Program

ALBANY, NY, April 26, 2006 - The New York State Health Department today announced that the New York Child and Adult Care Food Program will receive nearly $151 million in annual federal funding to support New York's Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP) statewide.

The CACFP initiative is funded through the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and continues New York's commitment to promote the health and well-being of its residents.

Currently, there are nearly 1,500 sponsoring organizations, representing more than 12,000 licensed or registered center-based or family day care sites throughout New York State. On average, day care providers serve approximately 267,000 children and adults each day. In 2005, New York also received nearly $151 million in federal USDA funds for this nutrition program.

Participating sponsors include:

  • Child Care Centers- Including Head Start Centers, and outside school hours programs serving children up to 12 years of age;
  • Community-based adult day care centers- Approved by federal, state or local authorities to provide day care services to adults with disabilities;
  • After school programs- Providing educational or enrichment programming for children up to 19 years of age; and
  • Homeless shelters- providing meals to resident children living with a parent or guardian.

The level of support for free or reduced price meals received by all eligible participants is based on household income as follows:

Standards for Determining Eligibility Income Eligibility Guidelines*

(Effective from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007)

Household Size FREE MEALS REDUCED MEALS
Year Month Week Year Month Week
1 $12,740 $1,062 $245 $18,130 $1,511 $349
2 $17,160 $1,430 $330 $24,420 $2,035 $470
3 $21,580 $1,799 $415 $30,710 $2,560 $591
4 $26,000 $2,167 $500 $37,000 $3,084 $712
5 $30,420 $2,535 $585 $43,290 $3,608 $833
6 $34,840 $2,904 $670 $49,580 $4,132 $954
7 $39,260 $3,272 $755 $55,870 $4,656 $1,075
8 $43,680 $3,640 $840 $62,160 $5,180 $1,196
For each additional family member $4,420 $369 $85 $6,290 $525 $121

* The income eligibility guidelines are used to categorize the household income reported on the income eligibility application into the free or reduced category. For example, if the monthly income for a family of two is $1,430 or less, the center would be eligible for reimbursement at the 'Free' rate. If the household income for a family of two is between $1,430 and $2,035 per month, the center would be eligible for reimbursement at the 'Reduced' rate.

A list of the participating programs may be obtained by contacting the New York State Health Department at 1-800-942-3858.