Use census data to determine area eligibility in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Summer Seamless Option (SSO) and Afterschool Care Program (ASCP). Census data may be used to determine area eligibility for CACFP day care homes and certain SFSP, SSO, and ASCP sites. Eligibility is established when census data indicates that at least 50 percent of the children residing in the area are members of households that meet the income standards for free or reduced-price meals.
CACFP day care homes and SFSP, SSO, and ASCP sites may be determined area eligible using either Census Block Groups (CBGs) or Census Tracts. Census Tracts are geographical units that consist of one or more CBGs. Additionally, based on analysis of the proposed location, and with Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) approval, up to two adjacent CBGs may be averaged with the CBG of the day care home or site location, using a weighted average, to determine eligibility.
Therefore, CACFP day care homes and SFSP, SSO, and ASCP sites are considered area eligible if:
- 50 percent or more of the children in a CBG are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals;
- 50 percent or more of the children in a Census Tract are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals; or
- The percentage of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the "referent" CBG and up to two adjacent CBGs, when averaged, is 50 percent or more, provided that at least 40 percent of children in each of the individual CBGs are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, as described above.
Area eligibility determinations based on census data are effective for five years.