The free school lunch program was not included in president Biden’s spending bill.
That means that free lunch waivers will end June 30.
Tax credits are ending and now millions of Americans will face an extra $2,000 in charges per year
How will this impact American families?
USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, requested a re-extension of the program earlier this year. However, Senate Republicans stressed that it was only temporary. The main argument against extending the program is that rising food prices will affect the nation’s increasing deficit.
It is estimated that 10 million students will not be able to get free school breakfast or lunch. This comes at a hard time for many Americans with inflation so high parents may struggle to afford groceries to feed their children.
Research from the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) showed that last year lunch participation was lower than the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years.
The participation drop of 8.8 million students is largely attributed to children attending school remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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