USDA Bolsters School Meal Program with $1.5 Billion

Hopes to strengthen local food supply chains.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last month that $1.5 billion would be given to school lunch programs to help underserved schools and communities. The funding is estimated to be able to provide resources for 100,000 schools across the states and territories, providing fresher food options to students and linking schools to their local food economies.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts have met extraordinary challenges to ensure that every child has the food needed to learn, grow and thrive,” said Secretary Vilsack. “The food and funds USDA is distributing will help ensure schools have the resources they need to continue to serve our nation’s schoolchildren quality food they can depend on, all while building a stronger, fairer, and more competitive food system.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For U.S. officials seeking to ensure students do not go hungry.
  • That the funds will be utilized effectively and efficiently for their purpose.
  • For teachers and students as they continue to navigate coronavirus guidelines.

Sources: Department of Agriculture


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