DEPARTMENT SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM SPONSORS AND CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM INSTITUTIONS

Aug 22, 2012

Department also Outlines Eligibility Requirements for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

BATON ROUGE, La.- The Louisiana Department of Education, through the Division of Nutrition Support, announces it is gearing up to administer two food-service programs, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Both programs provide healthy meals to children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The SFSP provides nutritious meals to children during summer vacation. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) serves both children and adults by making meals more affordable. CACFP participants receive meals and snacks through daycare centers, afterschool programs, emergency shelters, and homes, among other locations.

Summer Food Service Program

Applications are being accepted now through April 15, 2013 from those who wish to become program sponsors for the 2013 Summer Food Service Program.

The federally funded Summer Food Service Program is administered on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Department. Any child aged 18 or younger, or anyone over the age of 18 who is determined by a state or local educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participates during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program, may receive meals through the Summer Food Service Program. The SFSP is held in economically disadvantaged areas, or neighborhoods and communities in which half of the school children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. Eligibility may also be determined by census information or individual eligibility of children.

Financial assistance is given to sponsors to help with the cost of obtaining, preparing and serving food under the program, including administrative costs. Public or private non-profit schools, local, municipal, county, tribal or state government, private non-profits, public or private non-profit camps, and private or non-profit universities or colleges are examples of local organizations that often serve as Summer Food Service Program sponsors. Sponsors must be able to provide a capable staff, managerial skills, and food service capabilities. A sponsor may provide its own meals, purchase meals through an agreement with an area school, or contract for meals with a food vendor.

The Department will make training available for potential sponsors in March and May of 2013.

The program is also in need of agencies or organizations that are willing to serve as a Summer Food Service Program site. The sites are the physical locations were food is served. Each site location must work with a Summer Food Service Program sponsor that is financially and administratively responsible for the meal service at the site.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is offered in accordance with federal law and the USDA policy. All participants in attendance will be offered the same meals with no physical segregation of, or other discrimination against, any person(s) on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

All child care participants who are in foster care and/or enrolled in Head Start centers are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. In addition, all child care participants who are recipients of Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) assistance units, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. This applies to centers and homes receiving federal assistance from the CACFP.

All adult care participants who are recipients of Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) assistance units, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Medicaid are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. This applies to centers and homes receiving federal assistance from the CACFP.

CACFP meals will be provided at sites which are under contract with the Department or at homes or day-care centers operating under agreements with sponsoring organizations which are under contract with the Department.

Eligibility for free or reduced meal reimbursement for the Child and Adult Care Food Program is based on the following income scales effective July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013.





ELIGIBLE FOR REDUCED PRICE MEALS IF INCOME IS AT OR BELOW:

 

Household 
Size

Yearly

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

$20,665

$1,723

$862

$795

$398

2

27,991

2,333

1,167

1,077

539

3

35,317

2,944

1,472

1,359

680

4

42,643

3,554

1,777

1,641

821

5

49,969

4,165

2,083

1,922

961

6

57,295

4,775

2,388

2,204

1,102

7

64,621

5,386

2,693

2,486

1,243

8

71,947

5,996

2,998

2,768

1,384

For each addt’l family member add

+ $7,326

+ $611

+ $306

+ $282

+ $141

For more information on these programs, contact the Department’s Office of Nutrition Support at 1-877-338-3663 or (225) 342-3720.

Non Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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