An adjustment in reimbursement charges for college meals will put a further $750 million into youngster vitamin packages that have been anticipated to value $27 billion this yr, mentioned the Agriculture Division. The adjustment got here three weeks after the USDA mentioned as much as 100,000 colleges would get a share of $1.5 billion devoted to easing the influence of provide chain disruptions and the pandemic on faculty meals.
College lunch reimbursement charges normally don’t change through the faculty yr, however the USDA is permitting colleges to learn from the best charges accessible, that are those who apply to its summer season meals program. The summer season charges are adjusted every January for inflation.
In a survey final yr, solely half of faculty meals administrators mentioned USDA reimbursements lined the price of serving a breakfast or lunch.
“USDA understands that balancing the pressures of the pandemic with the necessity to feed kids wholesome and nutritious meals continues to be a precedence for colleges throughout the nation,” mentioned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Lisa Davis, of the anti-hunger group Share Our Energy, mentioned the adjustment in reimbursement charges “will assist ease among the pressures faculty meal packages are dealing with due to the pandemic.”
The $1.5 billion introduced final month could be break up 3 ways: $1 billion for colleges to purchase meals, $300 million within the type of U.S.-produced meals for states to distribute to varsities, and $200 million to states for the acquisition of regionally produced meals for distribution to varsities.
Supply: Successful Farming