Schools Look To Expand The Farm Bill Coalition

Schools look to expand the farm bill coalition

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2017 – School food service directors, who say they’ve been struggling to meet increased nutrition standards that have boosted food costs, are looking for some help in the next farm bill. Hundreds of school nutrition officials were on Capitol Hill Tuesday urging lawmakers and their aides to support earmarking $140 million in annual funding to buy commodities for school breakfasts.
That farm bill funding would be the equivalent of 6 cents per meal. USDA currently helps defray the cost of school meals both through direct reimbursement and through the supply of commodities for lunches. USDA doesn’t provide commodities for …

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