Posted by on January 11, 2022 8:06 am
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USDA Boosts School Meal Funding by $750 Million to Address Higher Costs, Supply Chain Issues

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Jan. 7 announced that it is putting an estimated $750 million towards school meal programs this year in light of “higher food costs” and “supply chain issues.” “USDA understands that balancing the pressures of the pandemic with the need to feed children healthy and nutritious meals continue to be a priority for schools across the country,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated. The School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing more than 50,000 school nutritional health professionals, cited supply chain disruptions and staffing shortages as early as August 2021. With this budget, USDA expects the “purchasing power of schools” to be in line with the cost of living. “Schools receiving these reimbursement rates can stretch their operating budgets further during these tough times, while giving families fewer meal expenses to worry about each school day,” the USDA continued in its statement. While the Summer Food Service Program …

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