Sunday, August 14 2022

A bill to help feed the children is moving forward. It happens on This Land of Ours.

The House and Senate each passed the Keep Kids Fed Act this month, but the bill had to come back to the House because the Senate version was slightly different. The Hagstrom report says the House passed the Senate’s version of the bill that requires restoring the reduced price category that Kentucky’s Rand Paul insisted on including in the Senate version. The agreement between the leaders of each School Lunch Committee originally merged the reduced price and free lunch categories into one free lunch category for the upcoming school year. The legislation also provides $3 billion in additional funding for the school lunch program, with offsets coming from cancellations of Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration programs. Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said: “Schools and parents can rest easy knowing that help is on the way so children can continue to receive school and summer meals. »

Story contributed by the ANFB.

Keep Kids Fed Act passed in both houses of Congress

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Passing the Keep Kids Fed Act

(USDA/WASHINGTON, June 24, 2022) – “I am pleased to see that Congress has taken action to provide much-needed support to help USDA infant nutrition programs serve nutritious meals to American children. Throughout the pandemic, the school nutrition professionals who feed our children have faced enormous challenges, which persist today, and they are in desperate need of additional resources and continued flexibilities. The agreement passed by Congress will alleviate some of the uncertainty and provide partial relief to our schools, summer sites and daycare feeding programs. As I have said before, it is important to note that schools across the country will always face ongoing challenges and at USDA we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to ensure that children receive the nutritious meals they need and deserve.

Sabrina Halvorson
National Correspondent / AgNet Media, Inc.

Sabrina Halvorson is an award-winning agricultural journalist, broadcaster and speaker. She hails from the agriculturally rich Central Valley of California.

Sabrina Halvorson
National Correspondent / AgNet Media, Inc.

Sabrina Halvorson is an award-winning agricultural journalist, broadcaster and speaker. She hails from the agriculturally rich Central Valley of California.

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