To participate, documentation proving that the child’s care and placement is the responsibility of the state child welfare agency (i.e., the child is IV-E eligible), or that the child is in a court-ordered out-of-home placement, must be provided to the local educational agency. Personal identification of students and parents should always be protected and released only to authorized representatives.
Children who receive Medicaid benefits will be certified directly by the state.
CASA volunteers, staff and judges should ensure that children in their cases are receiving the free meals for which they are eligible, and help spread the word among caseworkers, foster parents and others involved in the lives of children in foster care.
The Child Nutrition Division of the US Department of Agriculture will partner with the US Department of Health and Human Services to notify state child welfare agencies of this new provision.
Read the USDA memo (27 KB PDF) to their regional and state directors regarding categorical eligibility.