Sep 20, 2021

Department Outlines Eligibility Requirements for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

BATON ROUGE, La.—The Louisiana Department of Education’s Division of Nutrition Support today announced it is seeking applications from eligible institutions interested in administering the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a federally funded program that provides healthy, affordable meals to both children and adults. The program’s 2022 fiscal year begins Oct. 1, 2021, and applications are accepted year-round.

The program is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service Program. It is federally funded, but administered by individual states. Program participants receive meals and snacks through daycare centers, afterschool programs, emergency shelters and homes, among other locations. CACFP meals will be provided at sites under contract with the state education department, or at homes or daycare centers operating under agreements with sponsoring organizations under contract with the agency. 


CACFP eligibility is based on the following income scales effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Reduced Price Meal Eligibility:
Household Size Yearly Monthly Twice Per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly
$23,828 $1,986 $993 $917 $459
2 $32,227 $2,686 $1,343 $1,240 $620
3 $40,626 $3,386 $1,693 $1,563 $782
4 $49,025 $4,086 $2,043 $1,886 $943
5 $57,424 $4,786 $2,393 $2,209 $1,105
6 $65,823 $5,486 $2,743 $2,532 $1,266
7 $74,222 $6,186 $3,093 $2,855 $1,428
8 $82,621 $6,886 $3,443 $3,178 $1,589
Each additional family member add + $8,399 + $700 + $350 + $324 + $162


In addition, the following individuals are automatically eligible:

  • All child care participants who are in foster care and/or enrolled in Head Start centers;
  • All child care participants who are recipients of the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formally Food Stamps), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) assistance units, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)*; and
  • All adult care participants who are recipients FITAP, SNAP, FDPIR, SSI or Medicaid.*

*This applies to centers and homes receiving federal assistance from the CACFP.

Additional Information

For training opportunities for potential sponsors, click here.

For more information on these programs, contact the Department’s Division of Nutrition Support at 1-877-453-2721 or (225) 342-3720.

Non Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

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