School breakfast, lunch to be funded ‘well into March,’ USDA says

The partial federal shutdown may be ongoing, but federal support of school breakfast and lunch is available “well into March,” according to a new advisory from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The advisory by Cynthia Long, deputy administrator of Child Nutrition Programs, acknowledges the “uncertainty that these circumstances present” for Food and Nutrition Service customers and partners nationwide.

“To address such concerns and ensure that programs can continue to operate without threat of disruption, (Food and Nutrition Service) has provided state agencies with additional available appropriated funding. These funds, along with those previously provided, can support program operations at normal levels well into the month of March,” the letter states.


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