USDA Announces Increased Funding for School Meals, Child and Adult Care Meals

Provides support to schools and child care providers facing rising food costs.

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced increased funding to help schools continue to serve healthy meals to children next school year and provide financial relief for schools and child care providers. Beginning July 1, 2022, the reimbursement schools receive for each meal served will increase by approximately $0.68 for free/reduced lunch and $0.32 for free/reduced breakfast. Other reimbursement fees, including payment fees school meals Y child care mealsare available online.

The action will provide support to schools and child care providers facing rising food costs, and is part of the Biden Administration’s work to lower costs and give American families additional breathing room.

This increase includes a required annual adjustment in reimbursement rates to reflect the cost of food and an additional temporary per-meal increase in reimbursements from the recent Keep Kids Fed Act. Combined, this will inject an estimated $4.3 billion more into programs. of school meals and child care across the country this school year, on top of the nearly $2 billion in additional funding USDA has already provided.

State-by-state breakdown of support for child nutrition program operators

“The increase in rebates will help provide financial relief to schools so they can continue to serve high-quality meals to students amid higher food costs and persistent supply chain challenges,” said Stacy Dean, deputy assistant secretary. food, nutrition and consumer services. “USDA is fully committed to using every resource in its tool belt to ensure children get the healthy meals they need to grow, learn and thrive.”

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Today’s announcement is part of USDA’s commitment to ensure school meal programs are strong and supported so they can successfully meet today’s challenges and support more American families. Additional actions USDA has taken include:

USDA Support for School Meals: Infographic

USDA also provides ongoing support for other child nutrition programs that work in conjunction with school meal programs to give children a strong and healthy start. For example, USDA:

  • They have approved 32 states and territories to date to provide food benefits for the summer months (Summer P-EBT) to eligible children. USDA is actively working with all states to help them offer these benefits to children.
  • Nationwide extended flexibilities for summer meal programs through September 2022, allowing sites to continue serving meals in all areas, at no cost to families.
  • Provided all family day care homes the highest temporary reimbursement rate for the Child and Adult Care Food Program for the 2022-23 school year.

For information on child nutrition programs for the 2022-23 school year, visit: Child Nutrition Flexibilities for Summer 2022 and the 2022-23 School Year

USDA touches the lives of all Americans every day in many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with an increased focus on producing more resilient local and regional foods, lowering costs for American families, creating fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural areas of the United States, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and creating a more representative workforce in America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov.

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