School Funding

White House to provide $50 million in grants for school kitchen equipment

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The Biden-Harris administration has announced it will provide $50 million in grants to school nutrition programs to help them buy new catering equipment.

White House officials say the equipment will help schools serve healthier, local meals, cook, implement or expand school breakfast, store fresh food and improve food security .

This is the latest in a series of school nutrition funding efforts by the White House and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Last month, the White House announced the first phase of a $100 million healthy school lunch initiative that will establish a grant program for smaller and/or rural school districts. Over the summer, the USDA said it would provide $471.5 million in additional funding to help schools purchase American-grown foods for school lunches.

Many school nutrition operators are still struggling with rising costs. Almost all (96%) of respondents to a recent K-12 survey by DFS said rising costs will be a challenge this school year.

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