NOTICE: Coronavirus Guidance for School Districts: Per Governor’s executive order, in-school class cancellations remain in effect through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Emergency Meal Programs: The State Department of Education is authorizing two distinct categories of COVID-19 Emergency Meal Programs in accordance with federal requirements: 1) COVID-19 Emergency Meal Program Limited to Students Attending School in Specific Districts. School districts on this list are only authorized to serve meals to students attending their schools, and any other child age 18 years or younger residing in the same household; 2) COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Program for Children. Any child age 18 years or younger can receive meal(s) at any meal service and distribution sites in these towns/cities. They do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns/cities. Check these links often as more locations continue to be added.

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Connecticut State Department of Education News

12/23/2019

Connecticut State Department of Education Public Announcement on the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Accepting CACFP Applications on an Ongoing Basis from Public and Private Institutions for Nonresidential Child and Adult Day Care Centers, Emergency Shelters and Family Day Care Homes in Connecticut

(HARTFORD, CT) The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) today announced it is accepting applications on an ongoing basis from public and private institutions to become sponsors of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides nutritious meals and snacks at no separate cost to enrolled participants, including infants and young children receiving services in day care centers, family day care homes and emergency shelters, as well as adults in eligible nonresidential day care centers. Participating institutions serve meals to all participants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  

 

More than 375 local child care centers and adult day care centers in Connecticut participate in the CACFP through 137 locally sponsored programs and provide nutritious meals to more than 24,000 participants daily.  Approximately 800 day care home provider locations throughout the state also participate in the CACFP under the sponsorship of six local and statewide sponsoring organizations and provide meals to more than 3,900 children daily.

 

CACFP sponsors are reimbursed for each meal served according to predetermined USDA reimbursement rates based on the income levels of the families served by the program. The CACFP rates of reimbursement for the period from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020 can be found at  https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Nutrition/CACFP/Memos/OM2019/OM04A_05C_05H-19.pdf. The following chart containing income guidelines will be used to determine eligibility for families in Connecticut from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.

 

CACFP applications and a list of local CACFP participating agencies are available through the CSDE’s Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504, Hartford, CT  06103-1841. For further information on the CACFP, go to: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Services/K-12-Education/Nutrition/Child-and-Adult-Care-Food-Program .

 

FREE MEALS

 

REDUCED PRICE MEALS

       Number        in Family

Annual Gross Income

Monthly Gross Income

Every Two Weeks Gross Income

Weekly Gross Income

Number in Family

Annual Gross Income

Monthly Gross Income

Every Two Weeks Gross Income

Weekly Gross Income

 

1

 

16,237

 

1,354

 

625

 

313

 

1

 

23,107

 

1,926

 

889

 

445

2

21,983

1,832

846

423

2

31,284

2,607

1,204

602

3

27,729

2,311

1,067

534

3

39,461

3,289

1,518

759

4

33,475

2,790

1,288

644

4

47,638

3,970

1,833

917

5

39,221

3,269

1,509

755

5

55,815

4,652

2,147

1,074

6

44,967

3,748

1,730

865

6

63,992

5,333

2,462

1,231

7

50,713

4,227

1,951

976

7

72,169

6,015

2,776

1,388

8

56,459

4,705

2,172

1,086

8

80,346

6,696

3,091

1,546

       Each Add'l

Family 

Member

 

+ 5,746

 

+ 479

 

+ 221

 

+ 111

Each Add'l Family Member

 

+ 8,177

 

+ 682

 

+ 315

 

+ 158

 

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: How to File a Complaint, 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: 

(1)   mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
        Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
        400 Independence Avenue, SW 
        Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2)    fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3)    email:
program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

The Connecticut State Department of Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons. The Connecticut Department of Education does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of age, ancestry, color, criminal record (in state employment and licensing), gender identity or expression, genetic information, intellectual disability, learning disability, marital status, mental disability (past or present), national origin, physical disability (including blindness), race, religious creed, retaliation for previously opposed discrimination or coercion, sex (pregnancy or sexual harassment), sexual orientation, veteran status or workplace hazards to reproductive systems, unless there is a bona fide occupational qualification excluding persons in any of the aforementioned protected classes.

Inquiries regarding the Connecticut State Department of Education’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: Levy Gillespie, Equal Employment Opportunity Director/Americans with Disabilities Coordinator (ADA), Connecticut State Department of Education, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 607, Hartford, CT 06103, 860-807-2071,
levy.gillespie@ct.gov

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