Direct Certification involves matching enrollment records against Food Stamp (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance to Families in Idaho (TAFI) records from the most currently available data which will be updated daily. The state agency links the database with Food Stamp and TAFI recipients, so sponsors have a good chance of making a match.
With this system, sponsors can look up children in batches in the beginning of the year, and throughout the year as they enroll in the district. There will be the ability to search by individual students as well as by groups of students. Not all children eligible for free meals can be Directly Certified, but with this system it is the State agency’s hope to help sponsors certify as many children as possible.
If you have questions, please feel free to call (208) 332-6820 or e-mail Melissa Cook at MACook@sde.idaho.gov