AUSTIN – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today announced that the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will offer additional assistance to partners in the National School Lunch Program and Adult Child Care Food Program this program year. . Using the provisions of the new Keep Kids Fed Act (KKFA), the TDA will increase federal reimbursements for meals served and provide flexibilities in meal patterns when partners face supply chain disruptions.
“My priority is ensuring that Texans have access to healthy and nutritious food, and our partners play an important role in that mission with TDA. They should not be penalized for circumstances beyond their control. My team will work with our partners to make sure our kids are well fed and don’t go hungry,” Miller said.
KKFA anticipates a 15-cent increase in school breakfast reimbursements and a 40-cent increase in school lunch reimbursements for meals served in the 2022-2023 school year. In addition, child care providers operating the Child and Adult Care Food Program will receive an additional 10 cents for each eligible meal and snack served, while certain in-home day care providers will continue to receive the higher reimbursement rate. for meals that was available during the 2021-2022 school year.
TDA will not penalize schools when supply chain issues prevent them from serving meals that meet required meal patterns. Commissioner Miller is committed to providing all available assistance to nutrition program partners along with any other state program waivers the US Department of Agriculture provides in this program year.
KKFA did not grant the necessary waivers for schools to offer free meals to children as they did during the pandemic. Families must reapply for free or reduced-price meals, unless their student’s school uses the Community Eligibility Provision to serve free meals to all students. Applications are available through the school and should be submitted as soon as possible.
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