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Child Care and Adult Care Food Program Applications Available

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) is accepting applications from public and private institutions that would like to participate in the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Child-care centers, adult day-care centers, day care homes, schools and emergency shelters may participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which currently provides nutritious meals to more than 7,000 participants daily at over 450 locations statewide through over 100 locally sponsored programs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The federal funds allow the centers to provide nutritious meals and snacks at no separate charge to infants, young children, and adults receiving services as well as to infants and children living in emergency shelters. Sponsoring institutions serve meals at no separate charge to all participants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

RIDE reimburses programs for each meal served, according to predetermined Department of Agriculture reimbursement rates based on the income levels of the families that the programs serve. RIDE will use the following income guidelines to determine funding through June 30, 2019:

  Free Meals   Reduced-Price Meals
Number in Family Annual Gross Income Monthly Gross Income Biweekly Gross Income Weekly Gross Income   Annual Gross Income Monthly Gross Income Biweekly Gross Income Weekly Gross Income
1 15,782 1,316 607 304   22,459 1,872 864 432
2 21,398 1,784 823 412   30,451 2,538 1,172 586
3 27,014 2,252 1,039 520   38,443 3,204 1,479 740
4 32,630 2,720 1,255 628   46,453 3,870 1,786 893
5 38,246 3,188 1,471 736   54,427 4,536 2,094 1,047
6 43,862 3,656 1,687 844   62,419 5,202 2,401 1,201
7 49,478 4,124 1,903 952   70,411 5,868 2,709 1,355
8 55,094 4,592 2,119 1,060   78,403 6,534 3,016 1,508
Each Add'l Family Member +5,616 +468 +216 +108   +7,992 +666 +308 +154

USDA income guidelines to determine reimbursement rates for meals served.

Child and Adult Care Food Program applications and a list of local participating agencies are available from the RIDE Office of Statewide Efficiencies, Shepard Building, 255 Westminster Street, Providence, R.I. 02903-3400.

Applicants with questions should contact Stephen Carey at (401) 222-8936.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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