Congresswoman Scanlon Announces Additional $85 Million to Pennsylvania School Meal Programs

Chester, PA – Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) today announced that school meal programs, as well as child and adult day care providers, in Pennsylvania will receive an estimated $85 million in additional funding for the 2022-2023 school year through the Keep Kids Fed Act.


In June, Rep. Scanlon voted to pass the Keep Kids Fed Act to ensure that schools can continue providing meals for students despite ongoing supply chain issues. The legislation allows the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide additional assistance to child nutrition programs by reimbursing them at a higher rate as they continue to serve healthy meals.


“One of the most important weapons in the fight against childhood hunger is the school meals program,” said Rep. Scanlon. “But as our economy continues to recover from the pandemic, school meal programs across the country face supply chain shortages and higher costs. I am proud to have voted for the Keep Kids Fed Act, which will help Pennsylvania schools provide students with the healthy food they need to learn and grow.”


Under the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Congress provided USDA with key tools to help child nutrition programs continue serving children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief helped feed hungry students during the school closures, virtual learning, and social distancing that disrupted traditional meal service. The Keep Kids Fed Act extends the important tools provided under FFCRA, which otherwise would have expired on June 30, 2022.


Learn more about the Keep Kids Fed Act here.



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