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The Federal Grocery Store for Children

Judy Carter, Arlington Food Services arranges plums, fresh apples and Asian pears offered through the National School, Breakfast Program for students at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia, Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The School Breakfast Program a federally assisted meal program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service provides cash assistance to States to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in public, nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. The program is administered at the Federal level by USDA, FNS. State education agencies administer the SBP at the State level, and local school food authorities operate it in schools.

Touch the Soil News #362 In 2010, Congress passed the Hunger-Free Kids Act. The legislation included what is called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) which focuses on feeding more children at schools (with no pre-qualification requirements) and improving the quality of school food. Administered by the USDA, the CEP recently released its numbers, perhaps in part to justify its existence and to demonstrate the need that is out there. Over 3,000 school districts and 18,000 schools (more than half of potentially eligible schools) are participating in the CEP programs – benefitting more than 8.5 million students without any stigma attached. Due in part to CEP, more than 90,000 schools and…

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