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Secretary Vilsack Sends Letter to State Governors

Sept. 19, 2022

USDA no longer has the ability under law to allow school meals to be served free of charge to all families. Secretary Tom Vilsack encouraged governors to prioritize support for the following efforts:
  • Leverage state and local resources to support school meals
  • Seek other federal funds to support Child Nutrition Programs
  • Engage with school districts to better support the school foodservice workforce
  • Maximize the use of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and direct certification.
Secretary Vilsack is committed to providing operational flexibilities and some additional funding to ease the transition back to standard operations. More Information