The amount of reimbursement providers may receive varies:





As a licensed child care provider, you are eligible to receive reimbursement at the Tier 2 rate for up to 2 meals and 1 snack or 1 meal and 2 snacks per child per day, regardless of your income level. 


Tier 1
Tier 2



Breakfast
1.28 .47
Lunch/Dinner
2.40
1.45
Snacks
.71
.19


Tier 1 rates are available to those providers who are determined to be income eligible, or whose home falls within the boundaries of an elementary school where 50% or more of the children receive free or reduced lunch.  Income eligible providers may claim meals served to resident children when they are served along with daycare children.

When a provider is not found to be eligible by either family income or school data, they may still be able to receive the Tier 1 rates for children whose families are income eligible.

With a quick phone call or email  to our office, you can receive preliminary information regarding your tier.  Income eligibility is contingent on income levels and on the completion of the required form(s).  In some cases, you may need to supply proof of income, such as a photocopy of your tax return.  All elementary school boundary information is subject to verification from school district personnel.  School data qualifies you for a period of 5 years.

We will help you  with this process, and tell you exactly what we need for you to receive the highest reimbursement possible.  Additionally, we review school data when it is released annually to see if any providers are newly legible to receive a higher amount.



Income-Eligibility Guidelines
Effective July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014


Household Size
Yearly
Monthly
Twice Per  Month
Every Two Weeks
Weekly
1
21,257
1,772
886
818
409
2
28,694
2,392
1,196
1,104
552
3
36,131
3,011
1,506
1,390
695
4
43,568
3,631
1,816
1,676
838
5
51,005 4,251
2,126
1,962
981
6
58,442
4,871
2,436
2,248
1,124
7
65,879
5,490
2,745
2,534
1,267
8
73,316
6,110
3,055
2,820
1,410
for each +
7,437
620
310
287
144

Family income eligibility letter
Family income eligibility form
(Please request that a copy be mailed to you
or print on colored paper.
Please use green if available.)


Provider income eligibility letter
Provider income eligibility form
(Please request that a copy be mailed to you
or p
rint on colored paper.
Please use pink if available.)


For information on how to claim your food program income and food expenses on your taxes, we suggest that you consult a tax professional or review the information available at the Resources for Child Caring website.

The following estimated food reimbursement amounts are based on 6  full time children with a 95% attendance rate during a month with 21 working days.  Each child is claimed for breakfast, lunch and snack each day they are in attendance.


Tier 2 
Tier 2 + bonus  
Tier 1
Monthly
$230
$356 
$480
                        
The actual amount you receive will vary depending on the number of children actually in attendance at meals each day.

Please call us today, so we can help you get started! 



Metropolitan Development Council
Child Care Food Program
721 S Fawcett Ave Ste 205
Tacoma WA 98402
(253) 284-7865  (800) 843-9317


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In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

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