Nutrition and Wellness Programs

SNAP/TANF Eligibility Extended to ALL Children in a Household

Beginning in School Year 2009-2010, for direct certification with SNAP or TANF and Household Eligibility Applications with case numbers for these programs, all children in the family, as defined in 7 CFR 245.2, are categorically eligible for free meals. Per regulations, "family" is defined as a group of related or nonrelated individuals, who are not residents of an institution or boarding house, who are living as one economic unit. To the extent possible, the LEA must extend SNAP/TANF eligibility for free meal or milk benefits to all children in a family.

This policy is also extended to the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program when applications are taken.


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