AUSTIN – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging Texans in need to utilize programs like the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that offer nutritious meals to children and adults. Approximately 13,000 adult and child care centers and home-based day cares throughout Texas serve free or reduced-priced meals through the federally-funded CACFP.These federal funds are available to help Texas families who find themselves in difficult times financially. Assistance programs should be utilized as a temporary bridge to a better economic situation—not as an endless highway. The Texas Department of Agriculture is committed to helping these families with their immediate nutritional needs, with the ultimate goal of helping them become food independent in the future.Meals provided through CACFP are funded by the USDA. Nutritious meals are provided through CACFP to children and adults enrolled in participating child care centers, day care homes and adult day care centers.
Households with children enrolled in a participating center or home who also are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits; Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); who are enrolled in Early Head Start, Head Start or Even Start Programs; or who receive Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits automatically qualify for free meals.Households with children enrolled in a center or home that does not receive any of the above assistance may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on household income. See the chart below for income eligibility guidelines. Foster children placed with a caregiver by the state or courts are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. If you have foster children living with you and wish to apply for free or reduced-price meals for your foster child, contact your child care center or day care home for assistance.
Parents or guardians who become unemployed may apply for free or reduced-price meals on behalf of their children at any time during the period of unemployment.Adults who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits, Medicaid or SSI automatically qualify for free meals.Adults who do not receive any of the above assistance may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on household income. See the chart below for income eligibility guidelines. The information provided on the application will be treated confidentially and be used only for eligibility determinations and verification of information.
USDA prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income that is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the USDA. Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office. Forms can be requested by phone at (866) 632-9992. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail to: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; by fax to (202) 690-7442; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 (English) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). For any other information pertaining to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish, or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers (click the link for a listing of hotline numbers by state) found online at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.To apply for free or reduced-price meals, you may request an application from your child care center, adult day care center or day care home provider. An application for free or reduced-price meals cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information as indicated on the application and instructions. Only one application is required per household, and households may apply at any time.
If your application for free or reduced-price meals is denied, you have the right to request a fair hearing from your child care center, adult day care center or day care home.Verification of the accuracy of your application for free or reduced-price meals can occur at any time.
Child care centers, day care homes and adult day care centers participating in CACFP serve nutritious meals to all participants enrolled in their facilities. To locate a center or day care home participating in CACFP, call (877) TEX-MEAL. Participating locations will also display the official “Building for the Future” poster.