CACFP Policy Memo Number 94

DOH-CACFP: Number 94 (07/04) - Supersedes Number 73 (08/02)

TO: All CACFP Organizations

FROM: Jeanne Culver, State Director - Child and Adult Care Food Program

SUBJECT: Treatment of Military Housing Allowance

  1. Purpose and Scope
    • The purpose of this memorandum is to provide all Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsoring organizations with updated information on the consideration of military housing allowances as income on income eligibility applications. The housing allowance for military personnel living in privatized housing will not be counted as income when determining household eligibility for Tier 1 benefits in family day care homes or free and reduced price meals in CACFP centers. This provision first went into effect on May 13, 2002. It was made permanent as part of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.
  2. Background Information
    1. Certain military housing allowances are excluded from consideration as income in CACFP. The same provision applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program and Summer Food Service Program.
    2. Under the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, the operation of military-owned housing is managed by private contractors. A housing allowance appears on the earnings statement of service members living in privatized housing. This housing allowance is not to be counted as income in making income eligibility determinations.
    3. This income exclusion is only available to service members living in housing covered under the Military Housing Privatization Initiative.
    4. For a list of military installations participating in this initiative, please access: http:/www.acq.osd.mil/housing/projawarded.htm. This provision does not apply to military personnel living off-base in privately owned real estate.
  3. Summary of Changes
    • Effective July 1, 2004, the housing allowance for military personnel living in privatized housing will be permanently excluded from income when determining household eligibility for Tier 1 or free and reduced price meals in the CACFP. This provision has been in effect, on a temporary basis, since May 13, 2002.