Policy Memo 141C

DOH-CACFP: Number 141C (06/10)

TO: All CACFP Center Sponsors

FROM: Lynne Oudekerk, Acting State Director, Child and Adult Care Food Program

SUBJECT: Extending Categorical Eligibility to Additional Children in a Household

I. Purpose and Scope

The purpose of this memo is to notify Sponsoring Organizations of changes to the policy related to categorical eligibility for free meals for children or adults who are members of a household receiving assistance under the Food Stamp program, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). These changes are intended to streamline the eligibility process for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

II. Background Information

  1. Any child or adult receiving Food Stamp, TANF, or FDPIR benefits is eligible for free meals in CACFP. Their eligibility extends to all household members participating in CACFP.
  2. Any child or adult who is a member of a household in which any household member receives assistance from Food Stamps, TANF, or FDPIR is eligible for free meals in CACFP. The household member receiving Food Stamp, TANF, or FDPIR benefits confers eligibility for free meals in CACFP even if that household member does not participate in CACFP.
  3. This policy only applies to households in which one or more members receive Food Stamp, TANF, or FDPIR benefits. Children enrolled in Head Start or Early Head Start programs are themselves categorically eligible for free meals in CACFP. However enrollment of household members in Head Start or Early Head Start does not confer eligibility for free meals to other household members.
  4. This policy does not change the definition of "household." A household is defined as a group of related or unrelated individuals living together as an economic unit. Therefore, a child or adult who is receiving Food Stamp, TANF, or FDPIR benefits may extend eligibility for free meals in CACFP only to other children and adults in the same economic unit.
  5. Eligibility for free meals continues for the duration of the certification period, even if the individual who conferred eligibility for free meals leaves the household at some point during the certification period.
  6. The certification period lasts until the last day of the month one calendar year after the form was submitted by the household. For example, a form submitted on May 12, 2010 remains in effect until May 31, 2011.
  7. The household must document the basis for the child or adult's eligibility for free meals each year by submitting an Income Eligibility Application (DOH-3688 or DOH-3834). This form must include the Food Stamp, TANF, or FDPIR case number of the recipient household member.

III. Summary of Changes

The purpose of this policy memo is to notify Sponsoring Organizations of new expanded eligibility for children and adults living in households in which at least one member receives Food Stamp, TANF, or FDPIR benefits.

Enclosures:

Income Eligibility Application for Child Care Centers (DOH-3688)

Income Eligibility Application for Adult Day Care Centers (DOH-3834)