Take action: Two new bills have been introduced in Congress that would provide increased funding for school nutrition programs:
- Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) introduced H.R. 1269, the “Healthy Meals Help Kids Learn Act,” to permanently increase the federal reimbursement rate for all school lunches by 45 cents and school breakfast by 28 cents, with annual adjustments.
- Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced H.R. 1424, the “Helping Schools Feed Kids Act,” to extend the increased reimbursement rate of 40 cents for lunch and 15 cents for breakfast, stipulated in the “Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022,” through SY2023-24.
The big picture: Current reimbursement rates are set to expire in July; therefore, we need to act now! Urge Congress to support H.R. 1269 and H.R. 1424 and act on the other requests in the SNA 2023 Position Paper.