USDA Announces New Funds for Schools Amid Supply Chain Disruptions

2021-09-29

USDA Logo Today U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack  announced new funds to support school meal programs amid ongoing supply chain challenges. The funds are part of a broad package of USDA investments to address challenges facing America’s agricultural producers. USDA’s press release specified the move will provide up to $1.5 billion to provide assistance to help schools respond to supply chain disruptions, saying “these funds will support procurement of agricultural commodities and enable USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to enhance the toolbox for school nutrition professionals working hard to make sure students have reliable access to healthy meals.” 

SNA President Beth Wallace, MBA, SNS, praised USDA’s efforts. “USDA has been extremely responsive to the supply chain challenges school nutrition professionals are facing as they scramble to secure foods and supplies to serve students and manage rising costs. SNA greatly appreciates USDA’s announcement of new funds for school meal purchases and the commitment to easing regulatory requirements during these challenging times. We will continue to work with USDA and Congress to address the urgent needs of school meal programs, so critical to student achievement and wellness.”  

SNA will share further details on the funding as they become available. 

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