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Expiring Income Eligibility Forms and Determining Claiming Percentages

EO Guidance Document #
FNS-GD-2009-0079
FNS Document #
CACFP 06-2010
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DATE: November 20, 2009
POLICY MEMO: CACFP 06-2010
SUBJECT: Expiring Income Eligibility Forms and Determining Claiming Percentages
TO: Regional Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
All States

It has come to our attention that there is uncertainty in determining when an income eligibility form has expired and when it needs to be excluded from claiming percentage calculations for CACFP. We have been asked to clarify if a sponsor or independent center must exclude free and reduced price children from claiming percentage calculations if those children have income eligibility forms that will expire at any time during the same month that those claiming numbers are being established.

The requirements of 226.23(f) state that free and reduced-price eligibility information must be updated annually and may not be more than 12 months old. This was intended to mean that income eligibility forms should be considered current and valid until the last day of the month in which the form was dated one year earlier. This means that if a form was dated on Sept. 12, 2009, it is considered valid until the last day of September in 2010. This decision applies to both centers and homes, and should be used to assess the expiration of an income eligibility form in all situations, regardless of the reimbursement calculation method used.

During any month in which a claiming percentage is being established, because an income eligibility form is valid until the last day of the month that it was originally dated, any income eligibility forms expiring that month should be included in determining that claiming percentage. The claiming percentage may then still remain valid for up to 12 months. Claiming percentages are intended to capture the number of eligible children at a facility during one period of time. Including all currently valid income eligibility forms, regardless of when they expire within that month, would be consistent with this intent.

Cynthia Long
Director
Child Nutrition Division

Updated: 11/20/2009

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.