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2021 Census Bureau Data for Area Eligibility


The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced that the 2021 Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) participant Area Eligibility data are now available.

The FNS has released a tabulation of data provided by the Census Bureau that establishes area eligibility in the CACFP, SSO, and SFSP. This data is effective as of October 1, 2020. The FNS mapping tools have also been updated to reflect the new data. The map is available on the FNS Area Eligibility web page External link opens in new window or tab.. The data set is also available for download on the FNS FY21 FNS CACFP SFSP Eligibility web page External link opens in new window or tab..

To learn more about using census data for establishing area eligibility for CACFP, SSO, and SFSP, please see the FNS Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Additional information is also provided in the Nutrition Services Division management bulletin Area Eligibility in Child Nutrition Programs.

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Contact Information

For any questions regarding this subject, please contact your respective program’s County Specialist. The County Specialist for each program can be found in the following Form IDs in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System Download Forms section:

  • SFSP—Form ID SFSP 01
  • SSO, National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program—Form ID Caseload
  • CACFP—Form ID CACFP 01
Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
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