It is important that all foster parents and providers service foster youth know that a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296), enacted on 12/13/10, amends a critical provision of the National School Lunch Act (42 USC 1758) to make any foster child eligible, without the necessity of an application, for free school meals. All that a local educational agency need receive is documentation from an appropriate state or local child welfare agency indicating that a child is a foster child under state responsibility or has been placed in a caretaker household by a court. These provisions were effective as of 10/1/10.
In addition to all foster children placed by a child welfare agency being eligible, a child placed by a court into a kinship home or other “caretaker” household would also be eligible.
These provisions are to be implemented now. If you know someone to whom this applies, be sure they are aware of this support.