US Congress passes law to expand free meals for children in summer

Free meals in US schools benefit millions of students.

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Millions of children across the United States would continue to receive free meals during the summer amid the problem with inflation and rising food prices and other items.

The federal Congress approved the “Keep Kids Fed Act” this week, which guarantees an extension to the food delivery food program.

These exemptions granted due to the pandemic will continue through the summer.

Distribution centers will be established in different communities.

However, the changes do not make school breakfasts and lunches free for all students when the school year begins.

The new extension will require low-income families to reapply for that benefit.

Although she welcomed the agreement, Lisa Davis, vice president of Share Our Strength, expressed concern that some families were unaware of the scope of the measure.

“I am really worried about the beginning of the school year where there will be a lot of families who will not know that they have to fill out an application,” she said as quoted by CNN.

“So your kids will go to school and fall through the cracks, not getting meals or racking up meal debt until their applications are processed,” he added.

Prior to March 2020, children from families with incomes at or below 130% of the federal poverty level were eligible for free school meals, while those from families with incomes between 130% and 185% of the poverty level were eligible. obtain reduced-price meals through the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National School Lunch Program.

The new bill would eliminate reduced-price meals. Those who qualify for free meals will get that benefit instead of paying 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast.

Keep Kids Fed was approved at the last minute after the extension of exemptions will be excluded from the bill of general expenses that Congress passed this year.

Some Republicans opposed the measure because the cost of $11,000 million dollars that implies.