The Need for School Nutrition Budget Relief

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This resource details the financial struggles that many school nutrition departments are facing, explains how their budgets and revenues work, and highlights why budget relief is critical so that schools can continue providing needed nutrition to kids facing hunger.


School nutrition departments play an important role within schools and school districts, ensuring that students are nourished and ready to learn. Even as schools have closed their doors during the coronavirus pandemic, they have continued to feed students and support families facing hardship. Many school nutrition departments are struggling financially and may not be able to continue, though. Federal relief is needed to meet the scale of the crisis.