Federal Meal Assistance Funds Available

Child and Adult Care Food Program reimburses some costs associated with serving meals to children and qualified adults

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) encourages eligible centers in Washington state to participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP reimburses some costs associated with serving meals to children and qualified adults.

The following care centers and institutions may participate in the CACFP:

  1. Nonresidential licensed public or private nonprofit child-care centers or family day-care homes.
  2. For-profit child-care institutions in which at least 25 percent of children served are low income based on the center’s licensed capacity or total monthly attendance, whichever is less.
  3. Child-care centers or institutions that serve at-risk children.
  4. Nonprofit emergency shelters that provide temporary residential facilities to children.
  5. Qualifying public or nonprofit adult centers, or for-profit adult centers that receive compensation under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for at least 25 percent of their enrolled adults.

The CACFP reimburses meals at established rates based on the school building data, family income, or federal assistance received in households where enrolled children and adults reside. Meals served to eligible homeless and at-risk children are reimbursed at the free rate. Reimbursements help institutions offset some of the costs of providing well-balanced, nutritious meals and snacks to participants.

Meals will be made available to participants at no separate charge.

The following monthly income eligibility guidelines determine reimbursement rates:

Monthly Income Eligibility Guidelines

Household Family
Size
Free Lunch Reduced-Price
Lunch
1 $1,354 $1,926
2 $1,832 $2,607
3 $2,311 $3,289
4 $2,790 $3,970
5 $3,269 $4,652
6 $3,748 $5,333
7 $4,227 $6,015
8 $4,705 $6,696
Each additional household member, add: $479 $682

Institutions may apply for the program by contacting Mary Nagel, Child Nutrition Services, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, Washington 98504-7200.