Budget Sequestration Not Currently Expected to Apply to School Meal Programs

School Food Directors are beginning to ask what the impact might be on school meal programs if Congress does not reach a budget deal to avoid automatic budget reductions - sequestration - currently scheduled to take place on January 2, 2013, as required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.   These reductions are expected to range from 7 to 9 percent in many Federal programs.  SNA does not expect there to be any impact on School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Food, and others, because they are exempted from automatic cuts by another law, the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act.  But the Special Milk program is not exempted, and could face a reduction.  We will continue to monitor Congressional action and report any important developments as they occur.


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