Family Assistance Program FAQ

ELIGIBILITY

Who is eligible to apply?
Any parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of 18 with pediatric feeding disorder who can demonstrate financial need may apply for financial assistance from the Family Assistance Program. Applicants must reside in the United States. Feeding Matters founders, directors, officers, staff, selection committee, council members, community advisors, substantial contributors, and their family members are not eligible to apply to eliminate bias. Also, past recipients of the Family Assistance Program are not eligible to apply a second time.

Can I apply if my child has health insurance coverage?
Yes, you may apply even if your child has health insurance coverage. The application for assistance will ask you to list costs you expect to incur that directly relate to caring for a child with pediatric feeding disorder and are not covered by your insurance provider. The assistance cannot be used to pay for expenses that are directly related to your child’s PFD but are covered by your insurance provider, or as reimbursement for expenses paid prior to receiving assistance.

Can I submit for more than one child?
If you have more than one child with pediatric feeding disorder, you may include both children in one application. You do not have to fill out a separate application for each child, however, you will need to include both children in all documentation (Healthcare Provider document, Letter from family friend or relative).

Does the financial assistance have to be applied to a specific type of treatment?
No, however, the financial assistance must be used to pay for costs incurred that directly relate to caring for a child with pediatric feeding disorder. Examples of expenses often incurred due to pediatric feeding disorder and traditionally not covered by insurance include but are not limited to: medical or caregiving expenses such as a registered dietitian, clinical psychologist, feeding tube supplies, feeding programs, travel for treatment, special formulas, household items related to caring for a child with pediatric feeding disorder (e.g., carpeting, feeding supplies, blenders, etc.), pediatric feeding disorder education, or family counseling.

Can I apply again?
If you apply and do not receive assistance you may apply again in the future. There is no maximum number of times you can apply. However, past recipients are not eligible to apply to the Family Assistance Program a second time.

APPLICATION

What is the deadline for applying?
Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

What are the criteria being considered in the selection process?
The following criteria will be considered by the selection committee:

  • Applicant has submitted a complete application and has followed all instructions
  • The extent of applicant’s demonstrated Financial Need
  • The extent to which applicant’s spending plan lists expenses that directly relate to caring for a child with pediatric feeding disorder that are not covered by insurance
  • The physical and emotional effect caring for a child with PFD has had on the family as explained in your personal statement. The degree to which the expenses to be paid for using the Family Assistance Program funds will positively impact the child’s health as explained in the personal statement and any accompanying documentation from a family member or friend.
  • The selection process will not be influenced or affected by the actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, age or sexual orientation of any applicant.

What should be included in the personal statement?
A statement of less than 350 words giving an overview of your child’s PFD and how long you have been struggling; explaining how your experience with PFD has affected your family, and the impact it would have on your child if you were awarded funds. Please note you will be required to provide a spending plan in addition to this personal statement.

What should be included in the sample spending plan?
Your sample spending plan will be provided to the reviewing committee as an example of how the funds will be used. You can provide information in there that you know you will need or you can estimate your future needs.

When will I be notified if the award is offered to me?
Applicants will receive notification by email and the recipients will be notified by phone on October 28, 2022.

When will the assistance checks be mailed?
Checks will be mailed to recipients following notification in November, 2022.

What can the money awarded be used for?
We understand that there is a wide array of expenses that coincide with caring for a child with a PFD. The following is a suggested list of how the funds can be used.

  • Registered dietitian
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Feeding tube supplies
  • Travel for treatment
  • Special formulas
  • Evaluation and treatment
  • Household items (carpeting, feeding tools and supplies, blenders, etc.)
  • Furthering PFD or related education
  • Family counseling

If awarded, the following will be required:

  • Availability for public relations and marketing outreach
  • Share your child’s PFD story on Feeding Matters Website and/or submit a short video

Who selects the recipients?
The Financial Assistance Program committee will be in charge of selecting the recipients based on the predetermined selection criteria.

How is the family assistance program funded?
Feeding Matters is a non-profit organization. The Family Assistance Program is provided through generous private donations. If you or someone you know is interested in contributing to the mission of Feeding Matters, please visit feedingmatters.org/donate.

Whom should I contact with questions about Feeding Matters, the family assistance program, my application, and/or technical difficulties?
Please contact the Feeding Matters office at (800) 233-4658 or hvandermolen@feedingmatters.org.