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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Proposed federal budget not all cuts to nutrition programs

While the President’s proposed budget calls for reducing SNAP by $192 billion over the next decade, it does not cut all nutrition programs as drastically. It provides for:

• $13.1 billion for the National School Lunch Program (an increase of $659 million from FY 2017);
• $4.8 billion for the School Breakfast Program (up $287 million);
• $3.9 billion for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (up $261 million);
• $640 million for the Summer Food Service Program (up $50 million);
• $23 million for Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer Demonstration Projects (same as FY 2017);
• $297 million for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (up $168 million);
• $8.4 million for Farm to School, with $5 million for grants (mandatory funding), and $3.4 million for USDA’s Farm to School Team (down $4.16 million for USDA’s Farm to School Team);
• $17 million for Team Nutrition and Healthier USDA School Challenge (down $20 million);
• $6.2 billion for WIC, to support an anticipated caseload of 7.2 million women, infants, and children (slightly higher than the recent caseload); and
• No funding for school meal equipment grants, which were funded at $35 million in FY 2017

Source: Food Research & Action Center, 5/25/17, Trump Budget