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What is the Keep Kids Fed Act?

The KEEP Kids Fed Act is set to extend school meals, which expire at the end of June 2022.

The bill was unanimously approved by the legislature on June 24, 2022.

A student eats a vegan meal served for lunch at Yung Wing School PS 124 on February 4, 2022 in New York City

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A student eats a vegan meal served for lunch at Yung Wing School PS 124 on February 4, 2022 in New York City

What is the Keep Kids Fed Act?

The Keep Kids Fed Act is a $3 billion law passed amending the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to expand child-feeding powers and for other purposes.

The bill, passed by Congress on June 24, 2022, seeks to extend school lunches that expire on June 30, 2022.

It has given districts the funding and flexibility they need to address supply chain and flexibility issues.

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What are people saying about this law?

On June 24, 2022, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued a statement that said, “I am pleased to see that Congress has taken action to provide much-needed support to help USDA’s child nutrition programs improve America’s.” Serving children nutritious meals.

“During the pandemic, the school nutrition workers who feed our children have faced tremendous challenges that remain to this day, and they desperately need additional resources and continued flexibility.”

He continued, “The deal passed by Congress will ease some of the uncertainties and take some of the pressure off of our schools, summer spots and childcare nutrition programs.”

Tom Vilsack concluded, “As I said before, it’s important to note that schools across the country will continue to face ongoing challenges, and we at USDA will continue to use every means at our disposal to ensure children are getting the most nutritious meals get what they need and deserve.”

File photo provided by the New York City Department of Education on Friday, February 4, 2022, shows the menu for students at public schools in New York City

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File photo provided by the New York City Department of Education on Friday, February 4, 2022, shows the menu for students at public schools in New York CityPhoto Credit: AP:Associated Press

Who introduced the bill?

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The bipartisan bill was presented to House Education and Labor Committee chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) and senior member Virginia Foxx (R-NC).

Additionally, it was introduced in the Senate by Senate Chairperson for Agriculture Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR).

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