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Determinations for Certain Military Families

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: Nutrition Program Sponsors

Number: 05-102, 05-202, 05-700

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: February 2005

Subject: EXTENSION OF POLICY EXCEPTION - Family Size and Income Determinations for Certain Military Families

Reference: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Policy Memo SP 05-13, CACFP 05-05, SFSP 05-04; and Management Bulletins 02-105, 203, 708 and 03-111, 206, 704.

This Management Bulletin clarifies USDA's policy about income eligibility for those households that include deployed military personnel engaged in long-term military campaigns overseas.

The current policy exception established that deployed household members would be included and counted as household members for the determination of free or reduced price meal eligibility. It also established that only that portion of the deployed service members' income made available by them or on their behalf to the household will be counted as income to the household. Additionally, in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, should the child live with the provider while the service member is deployed, the child would not be considered a “provider's own” child.

This exception will remain in effect until legislation or additional policy guidance supersedes it. Please share the attached information with administrative staff responsible for processing eligibility information.

If you have any questions, please contact your Nutrition Services Division representative in the Field Services Unit at 916-445-0850 or 800-952-5609.


USDA SP Policy Memo 05-13, CACFP Policy Memo 05-05, SFSP Policy Memo 05-04 at

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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