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USDA sends additional $750 million to schools to feed kids

This news story was published on January 8, 2022.
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Tom Vilsack

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week an adjustment in school meal reimbursements to help schools continue to serve children healthy and nutritious meals. This move will put an estimated $750 million more into school meal programs across the nation this year, making sure federal reimbursements keep pace with food and operational costs, while ensuring children continue to receive healthy meals at school.

“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,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The Biden-Harris Administration is doing everything we can and these higher meal reimbursements will help allow school meal programs to continue meeting their mission of giving children the nourishment they need to grow, learn, and thrive.”

School lunch reimbursement rates usually do not increase during the school year. However, this year, due to the pandemic, USDA allowed schools to benefit from the highest rates available, which are normally reserved for the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). By law, these summer rates adjust for inflation annually in January.

This adjustment is well-timed to ensure the purchasing power of schools keeps pace 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.

At the start of the 2021-2022 school year, the SFSP lunch reimbursement rate for participating schools was already 15% higher than the standard reimbursement for a free lunch. Now, because of higher food costs and other circumstances, schools will receive an additional 25 cents per lunch. Taken together, schools are receiving 22% more for school lunches than they would under normal conditions.

This action is part of USDA and the Biden-Harris Administration’s joint effort to ensure school meal programs are strong and have the assistance they need to navigate current challenges. This year’s upward adjustment will add to the range of flexibilities, resources and hands-on support USDA has provided to school meals

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5 Responses to USDA sends additional $750 million to schools to feed kids

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 10, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    I mean government will destroy everything when the people knowing or unknowingly give them the power to do so

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 9, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Govt. has destroyed native americans. Not!! Indians fought each other for hunting areas, water areas, and just land to roost on. Didn’t have a problem stealing other tribes land. So let us come in and do to them what they have been doing to each other, and we’re the bad guy. And cultural appropriation-what gave the redskins the right to kill the eagles, steal their feathers, and parade around like they were so important. Remember people, the indians lost. They deserve what they get. A bunch of whiney losers. Losers!!!

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 9, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    Government has destroyed the Native Americans
    Government has destroyed the black family
    Government is trying its best to destroy the white family

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 9, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Don’t feed them any hamburger from Interstate Meat Distributors.