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Friday, July 15, 2016

CONGRESS FIGHTS OVER SCHOOL MEAL MONEY


Rep. Todd Rokita’s (R-IN) proposal in the House child nutrition bill to conduct a block grant pilot program for school meals in three states “demonstrates a broader effort to block grant the school meal program nationwide,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). If the pilot program were approved, states that were chosen would be given a capped amount of money for child nutrition programs to use as they see fit. The one requirement is that they provide at least one affordable meal a day. According to the School Nutrition Association, block granting a program makes it easier to eliminate. The House bill also would raise the threshold for schools to participate in the community eligibility program to 60% of students in poverty, thus eliminating the ability of 7,000 schools to offer free lunch to all students, and would eliminate that option for 11,000 schools currently eligible but not participating.

Source: The Hill, 7/5/16, School Food Fight; Center for Budget & Policy Priorities, 7/8/16, Child Nutrition Bill