Child and Adult Care Food Program
CSFA Number: 586-18-0409
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
Shaista Shaikh
217-782-2491
sshaikh@isbe.net
Short Description
To provide child care centers and homes federal reimbursement for a portion of the costs to provide quality nutritious lunches to all enrolled children in schools participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
Subject Area
Education
Program Function
Food and Nutrition
Enabling Legislation
7 CFR 226
Objectives and Goals
To provide child care centers and homes federal reimbursement for a portion of the costs to provide quality nutritious meals to all enrolled children in entities participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. To initiate and maintain nonprofit food service programs for children and elderly or impaired adults enrolled in nonresidential day care facilities, children attending after-school care programs in low-income areas, and children residing in emergency shelters. This program provides aid to child and adult care institutions and day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Funds are made available for disbursement to eligible institutions to reimburse their costs in providing meals and snacks to children and adults enrolled in nonresidential day care, children attending after-school care programs, and children residing in emergency shelters. Disbursement is made on the basis of the number of breakfasts, lunches, suppers, and snacks served, using annually adjusted reimbursement rates specified by law. This program allows reimbursement for up to two meals and one snack served each day to children through the age of 12, children of migrant workers through the age of 15, and persons with disabilities, in child care centers and day care homes. Adult day care centers receive reimbursement for up to three meals served each day to enrolled adults who are functionally impaired or age 60 and older. This program also provides reimbursement to emergency shelters for up to three meals served each day to residents age 18 and younger. In at-risk after-school care programs, reimbursement is available for one snack and an additional meal served each day, during the regular school year, to children through the age of 18. All program meals must meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards to be eligible for reimbursement. Funds are also paid to states for administrative expenses related to program staffing and oversight, as well as for audit expenses associated with CACFP administration.
Eligibility Requirements
An institution that has been approved for participation. The agreement is permanent and may be amended as necessary to ensure compliance with all federal requirements. Institutions must agree to operate a nonprofit food service that is available to all eligible children and adult participants regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability.

Not-for-Profit Institution that are in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State (and registered/ approved to conduct business in Illinois) and with federal IRS (FEIN is not revoked); serve the community they are in year-round (not just for summer purposes); and are not be listed on state or federal Serious Deficiency lists are eligible.

For-Profit Institutions that are in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State (and registered/ approved to conduct business in Illinois); serve the community they are in year-round (not just for summer purposes); and are not be listed on state or federal Serious Deficiency lists are eligible.

Approved institutions providing nonresidential day care services may participate in this program. Eligible public and nonprofit private organizations may include day care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, settlement houses, family and group day care homes, Head Start programs, and institutions providing day care services to children with disabilities. Private for-profit centers may also participate if at least 25 percent of the children in care (enrolled or licensed capacity, whichever is less) are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals or receive benefits under Title XX of the Social Security Act. Also eligible for participation are nonprofit centers that provide nonresidential adult day care and private for-profit centers if the center receives compensation under Title XIX of the Social Security Act or Title XX and at least 25 percent of the adults enrolled in the center receive benefits under Title XIX, Title XX, or a combination of both. Emergency shelters that provide shelter and meals to children experiencing homelessness and at-risk after-school care programs in low-income areas are also eligible. Any eligible institution may participate in this program upon request with state agency approval.

Applicants that are not public or proprietary institutions must furnish evidence of tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations; For-Profit Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations; Other;
Application and Award Processing
An applicant should consult the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Nutrition Programs for more information on the process required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. When the application is approved, the institution signs an agreement with the ISBE Nutrition Programs.

The ISBE Nutrition Programs must make a decision within 30 calendar days of receiving a complete application from the institution.

The ISBE Nutrition Programs must provide a hearing procedure for local institution grievances.

Sponsor applies annually through IWAS, using the web-based Illinois Nutrition System (WINS). If application is complete, including agreement to policy statement and permanent agreement, and remains in good standing through reviews, no further processing or review of application is needed. The agreement is permanent and may be amended as necessary to ensure compliance with all federal requirements.
Assistance Consideration
Statutory Formula: Section 17(b) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1766, describes the funding formula for cash assistance. Program funds are provided to Illinois through letters of credit. ISBE, in turn, use the funds to reimburse institutions for costs of food service operations and to support administrative expenses. Appropriate rates of reimbursement, multiplied by the number of meals served to enrolled participants, represent the basic program payment that an institution receives for each meal served. The assigned rates of reimbursement are adjusted annually on July 1. For child care centers, adult day care centers, emergency shelters, and at-risk after school care programs, the annual adjustment reflects changes in the Food Away from Home series of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. For day care homes, the adjustment reflects changes in the Food at Home series of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. Cash in lieu of donated foods are also made available. Program payments to child care or adult day care centers depend on the number and types of meals served to enrolled participants, multiplied by the appropriate rate of reimbursement. Rates for meals served to enrolled children and eligible adults in day care centers are determined by the participants' eligibility for free, reduced-price, or paid meals using USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines. All resident children age 18 and younger in eligible emergency shelters receive free meals without application. At-risk after-school care programs, which must be located in low-income areas, are reimbursed at the free rate for all meals and snacks served to children through age 18. Sponsoring organizations of day care homes are reimbursed at a national administrative rate based on the number of homes they operate. The level of reimbursement for meals served to enrolled children in day care homes is determined by economic need based on either the location of the day care home, the income of the day care provider, or the income of an individual child's household. Meals served in day care homes to the provider's own children are reimbursable only if those children are determined eligible for free and reduced price meals, and at least one other nonresident child is participating in the meal service. The reimbursement for food service is passed on by the sponsoring organization to the day care facility. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.

This program does not have MOE requirements.
Post Assistance Requirements
Institutions file monthly reports on program operations to claim reimbursement for meals served. They must submit final meal claims no later than 60 days after the claiming month. ISBE then submits final program reports to the Food and Nutrition Service no later than 90 days after the claiming month. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required. Reviewed once every three years. Documentation related to the child nutrition program must be maintained on file at the site or office for the current year, plus three years prior. In the case of an audit or investigation which extends beyond the three years plus current year, documents must be kept until the audit or investigation is completed.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Sponsor Program regulations are codified at 7 CFR Part 226.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $79,505,373
FY 2018 : $79,505,373
FY 2019 : $137,600,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
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