News Releases

November 15, 2013

Income guidelines set for child and adult day care food program

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced the new income guidelines for free and reduced-price meals served at child and adult day care centers in Missouri.

The income guidelines are used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price meals at:

The health department reimburses the facilities for meals provided to participants who meet the income guidelines. More than 3,000 facilities in Missouri participate in the program every year.

Approximately $53 million will be paid to participating facilities in Missouri in 2014.

Participants must meet the following guidelines for free or reduced price meal eligibility:

Application forms for free or reduced-price meals can be obtained at a participating facility. Individuals can contact their child or adult day care facility or a family child care home sponsor in their area to find out whether it participates in the program.

Child and adult care facilities interested in participating in the program can contact the health department's Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance toll-free at 800-733-6251.

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