Will an institution participating in a Child Nutrition Program (such as a school) that shares their income eligibility information with a CACFP institution (such as a center) later determine a different eligibility for that child?
No, households are no longer required to report changes in circumstances, such as an increase in income, a decrease in household size or when the household is no longer certified eligible for Food Assistance or FIP. Once properly approved for free or reduced price benefits a household will remain eligible for those benefits until the application expires (usually September 30). To ensure a child is properly approved for benefits, the center may wish to request a copy of the income application and not simply rely on a list from the school that includes the date, child's name, and eligibility. If the center discovers an application they receive from a school is not correctly approved, the center is responsible to make the correction and claim the child at the correct benefit level.