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USDA final rule expands free meal access at high-poverty schools

September 26, 2023

Via: K-12 Dive

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement called the final rule “an important step” toward achieving President Joe Biden’s commitment to create a pathway for 9 million more students to receive free school meals by 2032.

“Increasing access to free, healthy school breakfast and lunch will decrease childhood hunger, improve child health and student readiness, and put our nation on the path to better nutrition and wellness,” Vilsack said.

More schools have adopted the Community Eligibility Provision since the June 2022 expiration of a pandemic-era waiver that allowed students in schools nationwide to receive free meals regardless of their family’s income.

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