Sending Office: Honorable Susan Wild
Sent By:
Julia.Cinquegrani@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleagues,

 

Please join me in becoming an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Schools Preventing Hunger in At-Risk Kids (SPARK) Act, which will expand free school meals to children in kinship care.

 

Currently, children in foster care are categorically eligible for free school meals; however, the approximately 400,000 children who are diverted from child welfare agencies to kinship care arrangements are not. As our country continues to struggle
with the impact of the opioid crisis, state placements in kinship care have become a more common solution, and those families need our support.

 

We know that food insecurity is a widespread problem among children and families— 15.7 percent of households with children experienced food insecurity in 2017. As a result, school meal programs are critical to reducing child hunger and giving
students the opportunity to succeed.

 

The SPARK Act clarifies that children living in kinship care (with relatives or family friends) are automatically eligible to receive free school meals
giving them the necessary parity with children in foster care. Categorically eligible children receive nutritious, free school meals without the need for further paperwork or further administrative burdens.

 

It is important for Congress to close this gap in automatic eligibility for school meals. The SPARK Act will ensure that no child in kindship care falls through the cracks of school meal programs.

 

The
deadline to sign on as an original cosponsor is Thursday COB.
For questions or to join as a cosponsor, please contact Julia Cinquegrani at

Julia.Cinquegrani@mail.house.gov
.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Susan Wild

 

Member of Congress

 

 

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