[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | New Income Guidelines for Free and Reduced School Meals | 03-14-2012
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
87°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
August 22
1891 - Future First Lady Lou Henry (Hoover), 17, poses for photo at R.E. Nickel's Acton store [story]


More low-income families will be able to afford healthy meals and snacks for their children in day care under new income eligibility guidelines announced today by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), families with children in child care centers can qualify for free or reduced-price meals if their household income is equal to or less than the income eligibility guidelines. Nearly 5,000 local day care centers and 17,000 sponsored family day care home providers in California participate in the CACFP.

“At the heart of my Team California for Healthy Kids initiative is that a well-nourished child has a better shot at success inside and outside the classroom than a child struggling with hunger,” Torlakson said. “I urge every family to review these new guidelines to see if they qualify to get their children nutritionally balanced meals and snacks. This will help kids develop lifelong habits of healthy eating and set the stage for their academic success in school.”

The CACFP provides nutritious food to infants, children, and adults. All children enrolled in day care homes receive meals at no charge. Most participating day care centers also provide meals at no charge. In centers that have a separate charge for meals, participants may receive free or reduced-price meals.

Torlakson initiated the Team California for Healthy Kids campaign earlier this year to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children. Research confirms healthy children are more successful in school, miss fewer days of school, are more attentive and well-behaved, and are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college. Health disparities among students contribute to the achievement gap.

The new income eligibility scales are higher than last year, meaning more families with children in child care centers will be eligible for free and reduced-priced meals. For example, a family of four that earns $29,055 or less a year (up from $28,665 last year) can qualify for free meals and snacks. Also, a family of four that earns $41,348 or less a year (up from $40,793 last year) can qualify for reduced-priced meals and snacks. The Income Eligibility Scales are attached.

Children who receive California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids, CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment Program, Head Start, Early Head Start, or the Even Start Program are automatically eligible for free meal benefits. Adults who receive CalFresh, FDPIR, Social Security Income, or Medicaid benefits are also eligible for free meals. Institutions serve meals to all participants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

In accordance with federal law and USDA policy, the California Department of Education is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to the USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or call 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). The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

To find day care home sponsors, please visit the CDE Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sh/sn/cacfpsponsormap.asp and search by county. For a child or adult day care center, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sh/sn/cacfpcentermap.asp and search by county. For more information on the income eligibility scales, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/rs/scales1112.asp.

 

# # # #

 

Free Eligibility Scale
Meals, Snacks, and Milk

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

$14,157

$1,180

$590

$545

$273

2

$19,123

$1,594

$797

$736

$368

3

$24,089

$2,008

$1,004

$927

$464

4

$29,055

$2,422

$1,211

$1,118

$559

5

$34,021

$2,836

$1,418

$1,309

$655

6

$38,987

$3,249

$1,625

$1,500

$750

7

$43,953

$3,663

$1,832

$1,691

$846

8

$48,919

$4,077

$2,039

$1,882

$941

For each additional family member, add:

+$4,966

+$414

+$207

+$191

+$96

Reduced-Price Eligibility Scale
Meals and Snacks

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

$20,147

$1,679

$840

$775

$388

2

$27,214

$2,268

$1,134

$1,047

$524

3

$34,281

$2,857

$1,429

$1,319

$660

4

$41,348

$3,446

$1,723

$1,591

$796

5

$48,415

$4,035

$2,018

$1,863

$932

6

$55,482

$4,624

$2,312

$2,134

$1,067

7

$62,549

$5,213

$2,607

$2,406

$1,203

8

$69,616

$5,802

$2,901

$2,678

$1,339

For each additional family member, add:

+$7,067

+$589

+$295

+$272

+$136

  • Household is synonymous with family and means a group of related or unrelated individuals who are not residents of an institution of boarding house, but who are living as one economic unit sharing housing and all significant income and expenses. This scale does not apply to households that receive CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps), Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-Gap), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits or children who are recipients of California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Program (CalWORKs). Those children are automatically eligible for free meal benefits.
  • In the Adult Care Component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a household includes the adult participant and, if residing with the participant, the spouse, and any persons who are economically dependent on the adult participant. This scale does not apply to members of CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps) households, or recipients of Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid/Medi-Cal, or FDPIR benefits. Those participants are automatically eligible for free meals.

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


LOCAL SCHOOL LINKS
Related Content
LATEST SCHOOL NEWS
Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017
The Saugus Union School Board is establishing a committee to advise on the development of policies and procedures for the sale or lease of surplus real property owned by the District.
Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017
The Castaic Union School District's Governing Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday, August 17 at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017
Arroyo Seco Junior High School will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Friday, September 1, with a midday ceremony and festivities.
Thursday, Aug 10, 2017
The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board has approved the hiring of Ralph Peschek as Chief Financial Officer and John Muraki as Director of Classified Personnel.
Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017
The SCV Education Foundation seeks to further support its literacy programs at the Castaic, Newhall, Saugus and Sulphur Springs elementary school districts with its annual "Bag of Books" fundraising campaign.
Keep Up With Our Facebook
-->
Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
A Domestic Violence Center, Senior Center and homeless shelter partnership is looking for solutions to the countywide homelessness crisis in Santa Clarita.
Three Local Non-Profits Look to Tackle Housing Crisis
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, CHP is investigating a fatal collision that happened early Tuesday morning near Castaic. Plus, photographers can get ready to submit their Santa Clarita-centric photos for the Fall 2017 Photo Contest. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, August 22, 2017
WiSH Foundation Executive Director Amy Daniels is about climb for education.
WiSH Foundation’s E.D. to Climb Kilimanjaro for Public Education
Registration for the Fall session is now open.
Lil’ Kickers Fall Registration Underway
The CSUN Art Galleries are pleased to present part two of an exhibition featuring artwork made by full and part-time faculty in the Department of Art. More than thirty artists showcase current bodies of work, using a variety of materials and processes.
CSUN Faculty Artwork on Display in “Full and Part (Two)” Exhibit
Here are the upcoming times and dates for the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders Series:
Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Series Resumes Wednesday
Mayor Cameron Smyth, Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste and Councilmembers Bill Miranda, Marsha McLean and Bob Kellar cordially invite you to party like it’s 1987 at the 2017 State of the City Luncheon to be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
Oct. 26: State of the City 30th Anniversary Luncheon
Join The Painted Turtle on October 14, 2017 for the 8th annual bike ride and 2nd annual walk/run/roll to benefit the non-profit.
Oct. 14: Tour de Turtle, Turtle Trek Bike Ride
Here is a round-up of Santa Clarita arts-related events for Aug. 25-26th.
Aug. 25-26: Santa Clarita Arts Calendar
The 2017 CIF Southern Section Football Pre-Season Rankings have been released and a local team finds itself at the top of its division.
CIF Pre-Season Rankings Lists Saugus Football No. 1 in Division
The Castaic-area crash that killed a motorcyclist on Highway 126 Tuesday morning is still being investigated by CHP officers.
Officers Investigating Fatality on Highway 126
The County and City of Los Angeles are asking that residents complete the Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA) Age-Friendly Survey between now and September 15, 2017.
Officials Urge Residents to Complete Survey on Aging
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda L. Solis which seeks to organize and enhance efforts by county departments and community partners to help foster youth transition to successful adulthood.
County Expands its Efforts in Foster Youth Programs
A bank robbery at the Wescom Credit Union in Stevenson Ranch is under investigation by deputies, officials reported Monday afternoon.
Deputies Investigating Stevenson Ranch Bank Robbery
The contenders for the Best FIFA Women's Player 2017 have been revealed and voting is now underway.
Blue Heat’s Castellanos Makes FIFA’s Shortlist for Best Women’s Player 2017
1891 - Future First Lady Lou Henry (Hoover), 17, poses for photo at R.E. Nickel's Acton store [story]
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a possible burglary call at a warehouse in the 29000 block of Avenue Sherman in Valencia Monday morning.
SCV Deputies Investigate Reported Valencia Warehouse Burglary
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, a once-in-a-century solar experience took place Monday. Plus, on Saturday, dozens of people gathered in Newhall to celebrate the legacy of the old Saugus Speedway, its racers and its crew. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Monday, August 21, 2017
The 28th Annual Fine Art Show & Gala presented by the Santa Clarita Artists Association and the county of Los Angeles takes over Hart Hall on Saturday afternoon, October 14.
October 14: SCAA, County’s 28th Annual Art Classic at Hart Park
Organizers of the city of Santa Clarita's quarterly photo contest are now accepting entries for the fall 2017 competition.
City Opens Entries for Fall 2017 Photo Contest
The Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club invites everyone who shares a special connection with the club to the Alumni BBQ on Saturday afternoon, September 9.
September 9: Boys & Girls Club Alumni & Friends BBQ
Comedian and magician Fritz Coleman brings his stand-up show to Santa Clarita with an intimate, one-time performance at the Keyboard Galleria Music Center on Saturday, August 26.
August 26: Comic Fritz Coleman Stands Up at Keyboard Galleria
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station issued 38 traffic citations Friday and arrested a Newhall man on a parole violation warrant on Saturday.
Deputies Cite Speeders, Arrest Parolee
Lancaster JetHawks right-handed pitcher Jesus Tinoco has been named the California League Pitcher of the Week for August 14-20, 2017.
JetHawks’ Tinoco Named Cal League Pitcher of the Week
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash considerations from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Dodgers Aqcuire Outfielder Curtis Granderson from Mets
The TMU Mustangs' women's volleyball home opener proved to be exactly what the doctor ordered as the hosts dispatched Lewis & Clark State College (ID) in straight sets 25-19, 25-22, 25-17.
Lady Mustangs Dispatch Lewis & Clark in Straight Sets
The Master's University's men's soccer team inaugurated their 2017 season with a 5-0 win over Northwest of Washington on Reese Field Saturday afternoon.
TMU Men’s Soccer Blanks Northwest in Season Opener
The Master’s University women’s soccer team’s 2017 record improved to 2-0 after beating the No. 8 ranked Northwest University Eagles 3-1 on Saturday morning at Reese Field.
TMU Women’s Soccer Team Grounds Eagles 3-1 Saturday
CalArtians Mathieu Libman (Film/Video BFA 19) and Aram Sarkisian (Film/Video BFA 17) are among the seven finalists for Student Academy Awards in the Animation category.
Two CalArtians Named 2017 Student Academy Awards Finalists
Western singer and songwriter John Zipperer headlines the next episode of "SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series" at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall the evening of Friday, August 25.
August 25: John Zipperer Headlines ‘SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series’
The Lancaster JetHawks clinched a franchise-record sixth consecutive winning season with their 71st victory, a 7-2 win over the Inland Empire 66ers, on Sunday afternoon at San Manuel Stadium.
JetHawks Sweep Sixers Sunday, Secure Winning Season
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the city of Santa Clarita launch the “Heads Up” campaign this week to combat distracted driving and increase pedestrian safety.
City, Sheriff’s Station Launch ‘Heads Up’ Safety Campaign
An 18-year-old man from Lancaster surrendered to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Special Victims Unit Monday morning in connection with an alleged sexual assault earlier this month on College of the Canyons' Valencia campus.
Suspect Arrested in Alleged COC Sexual Assault
The Lancaster JetHawks scored seven runs in the fifth inning, propelling themselves to a 9-4 win over the Inland Empire 66ers on Saturday night at San Manuel Stadium.
Seven-Run Fifth Inning Carries JetHawks to Win Saturday
Hundreds of drivers were screened in a DUI checkpoint in Stevenson Ranch Friday night, but no arrests were made, CHP officials said.
CHP DUI Checkpoint Screens Hundreds of Drivers
1961 - CalArts grad (MFA '92) and marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Spongebob SquarePants, born in Oklahoma; developed prototype for Spongebob while studying at CalArts in 1989. Estimated net worth in 2012: $90 million [story]