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As A Sponsor of the Child & Adult Care Food Program, Food for Kids Inc. Offers:

Day Home Providers

  • Providers may electronically submit monthly food program claims on Minute Menu (web based program).
  • Experienced and knowledgeable staff
  • Toll-free help line for Provider Assistance
  • Free Credit Hours in Nutrition through in-home study (via internet)
  • Free workshops
  • Direct Deposit of reimbursement funds
  • Free Training Handbook
  • Free nutrition newsletter

Day Care Centers

  • Providing program services for over 16 years
  • Experienced and knowledgeable staff
  • Day Care Centers may submit monthly food program claims on a web based program
  • Free Credit Hours in Nutrition through in-home study (via internet)
  • Free workshops
  • Free nutrition newsletters
  • Free Training Handbook
  • Direct Deposit of reimbursement funds

Afterschool Snack Program (At-risk Sites)

  • Providing program services for over 16 years
  • Experienced and knowledgeable staff
  • Afterschool Snack Program may submit monthly food program claims on a web based program
  • Free Credit Hours in Nutrition through in-home study (via internet)
  • Free workshops
  • Free nutrition newsletters
  • Free Training Handbook
  • Direct Deposit of reimbursement funds

Why Participate?

As a participant in the USDA Child & Adult Care Food Program, you can help young children get the meals they need to grow healthy and strong, fight against childhood obesity and early health problems.

How does the Program Work?

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federal program supported by your tax dollars. The Program was created by Congress in 1968 in response to the need to provide good nutrition to the children of working parents. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The Program helps family day care providers, day care centers, and afterschool snack programs improve the health and eating habits of the millions of pre-school and school age children in our country by offering free nutrition training and financial assistance. As an incentive, providers receive a monthly reimbursement check for the meals and snacks served that meet basic nutritional requirements.

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Who is Eligible for Day Home Reimbursements?
Day Home Providers

All registered family and group day care homes that care for at least one non-residential child are eligible to participate in the Program and can claim meals served to the children in care.

All providers who are eligible for Program reimbursement will receive one of two types of payment, Tier I, the higher meal rates, and Tier II, the lower meal rate. To qualify for Tier I meal rates, you must 1) live in a low-income area as defined by USDA or 2) qualify on the basis of your household income. Tier I providers may claim their own residential children’s meals if their families meet these guidelines.

Eligibility Guidelines

New Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2020- June 30, 2021

 Annual Monthly Twice-Monthly Bi-Weekly Weekly 
No. of Household MembersFreeReducedFreeReducedFreeReducedFreeReducedFreeReduced
1165882360613831968692984638908319454
222412318941868265893413298621227431614
32823640182235333491177167510861546543773
43406048470283940401420202013101865655933
539884567583324473016622365153421837671092
645708650463809542119052711175825028791251
751532733344295611221483056198228219911411
8573568162247806802239034012206314011031570
For each additional family member, add58248288486691243346224319112160

How many Meals can I Claim?
Providers can be paid for a maximum of two main meals (breakfast, lunch, or supper) and one snack or one meal and two snacks per child per day. Meals served after school or on weekends can also be claimed. Infant meals can be claimed for infants from birth until one year of age.

How do I get receive reimbursed and how much?
As a participant in the Program, you are responsible for keeping records of the types of foods you serve.

You are probably already serving meals that contain the designated food types for children of each age. Meal patterns and amounts are listed in detail in the handbook we provide for each of our participants.

What we ask of you:
1. Record your meal counts daily.
2. Record the menus and the changes in your enrollment.
3. Serve the meals on time.
4. Mail those records to us at the end of each month.

You should expect your reimbursement within 3-4 weeks of receipt of your Program records in our office.

Reimbursement Rates for Day Homes
Child and Adult Care Food Program Reimbursement Rates
Effective July 1, 2020- June 30, 2021

     
Rates per meals served in adult day care centers and child care centers
BreakfastLunch/SupperSnacks
Paid0.320.330.08
Reduced1.593.110.48
Free1.893.510.96
The cash-in-lieu value of USDA Foods (commodities) for July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 is $0.2450.
Rates for At-Risk Afterschool Meals
BreakfastLunch/SupperSnacks
Free1.893.510.96
The cash-in-lieu value of USDA Foods (commodities) for July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 is $0.2450.
Rates per meal served in day care homes
BreakfastLunch/SupperSnacks
Tier 11.392.610.78
Tier 20.51.580.21
Day Care Center Participation:

a. A day care center may participate in the food program when the sum total of the enrolled children who receive Title XX benefits represents 25% or more of the total enrollment or licensed capacity of the day care center

The reimbursement of the day care center is determined by the percentage of free, reduced and paid for every meal served to enrolled children.

Training Information

Day Home Providers

Day Care Center Participation:

a. A day care center may participate in the food program when the sum total of the enrolled children who receive Title XX benefits represents 25% or more of the total enrollment or licensed capacity of the day care center

The reimbursement of the day care center is determined by the percentage of free, reduced and paid for every meal served to en