In order for a CACFP day care home or SFSP site to be eligible, 50 percent or more of the children in a Census Block Group (CBG) must be eligible for free or reduced price school meals. In the past, CACFP and SFSP used different definitions of children in establishing whether an area is eligible using census data. However, since CACFP no longer establishes area eligibility based on elementary school data, CACFP day care homes and SFSP sites will be considered area eligible if they are located in a CBG that qualifies under either CACFP or SFSP.
Contracting entities (CEs) that establish eligibility using census data for day care homes and SFSP sites are required to use the most recent data available. However, in order to reduce the burden and maintain consistency with the SFSP and CACFP, area eligibility determinations based on census data are now effective for five years. Contact TDA at 1-877-TEX-MEAL if you have any questions.