Federal Funds Available for Child and Adult Day Care Meals
Posted: October 07, 2009
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia child and adult day care providers seeking ways to serve nutritious, healthy meals could qualify for funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The program, which is administered through the West Virginia Department of Education, offers cash reimbursements for meals served to children. Some facilities may be eligible to receive USDA donated foods, as well.
Children enrolled at childcare centers or other facilities participating in the CACFP receive free meals. The reimbursement rate to providers varies, depending on the number of children eligible for free or reduced price school meals. Participants may be reimbursed for up to three meal types, including breakfast, lunch, morning or afternoon snacks, or supper.
Eligible childcare centers are licensed or approved public or private nonprofit facilities. For-profit child care centers also are eligible if they receive compensation under Title XX of the Social Security Act for at least 25 percent of the children enrolled, or if at least 25 percent of the children they serve are eligible for free or reduced price school meals. Guidelines to determine participant eligibility for free and reduced price meals for the 2009-2010 school year are listed in the following charts:
ANNUAL FAMILY INCOME BEFORE DEDUCTIONS
Annual Income Conversion: Weekly X 52, Every 2 Weeks X 26, Twice a Month X 24, Monthly X 12
Licensed or registered family day care home providers also may participate in the program under the auspices of an approved family day care sponsoring organization. There are 10 approved sponsors throughout West Virginia. Additionally, homeless shelters providing services for families and afterschool programs located in low-income areas also can participate.
Program sponsors provide meals at no extra charge to all enrolled participants at each participating facility, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital status or family status. There is no discrimination in admissions policy, meal service, or the use of facilities. Any complaints of discrimination should be submitted to the USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (202) 720-5964.
For more information, contact the Office of Child Nutrition at (304) 558-3396, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.