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(TRENTON) -- All day-care facilities and their clients should be aware that children and adults enrolled in day-care facilities may be eligible for free meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, according to New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.


The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federally funded program that reimburses sponsoring agencies that provide healthy meals and snacks at no charge to children and adults enrolled in licensed or approved day-care facilities or family day-care homes.


Meals are available at no separate charge to all enrolled participants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and are served without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or retaliation. 


Following are the Income Eligibility Guidelines used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals for the period from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012: 




Effective from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012

Family Size

Free Yearly Income

Reduced Yearly Income













Each Additional

Family Member


+$ 4,966



The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

 It is operated in accordance with USDA policy, which does not permit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability in the meal service, admissions policy or use of any Adult Food Program facility.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write to the USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call, toll free, (866) 632-9992 (Voice),  (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (Relay Voice Users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


To learn more about the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the participating centers in a particular area, contact the New Jersey Department of Agriculture at (609) 984-1250.  For more information about any of USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, write to the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Division, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302, or visit the web site at

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