Local Schools to Receive Higher Meal Reimbursements
WASHINGTON DC – School lunch programs in the Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Owen J. Roberts, Spring-Ford Area, Perkiomen Valley, Boyertown Area, Upper Perkiomen, and Phoenixville school districts all will benefit financially from a school reimbursement decision made this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it reported.
Meal reimbursement funding for the districts, which serve children under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, were adjusted Jan. 7 (2022). It allows them “to benefit from the highest rates available,” the department stated. The change, which is considered unusual at the midpoint of an academic year, will distribute an additional $750 million in reimbursements to schools nationwide.
The department said the reimbursement increases acknowledge districts are “balancing the pressures of the pandemic” with the priority need to feed children healthy and nutritious meals. It is intended to “ensure the purchasing power of schools keeps pace with the cost of living … while giving families fewer meal expenses to worry about each school day,” it added.