School lunch funds secured through fiscal year | News
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- Schoolchildren may escape one painful effect
of the shutdown: school lunches will not be cut off after all, putting an end
to two weeks of uncertainty as to how the situation would be handled.
School leaders knew funds would be available
to get them through the month of October, but they were not sure if
appropriations would be approved past the end of the month.
The USDA sent out guidelines for school lunches, saying that funds should be safe for the rest of the fiscal year. School
districts in North Alabama rely heavily on federal funds to keep the child
nutrition program going. Districts were initially allotted funds to get them
through October, but if funds were not going to be readily available, many of
the districts would have had to pull from reserve funds.
Decatur, Madison County, Madison City and
Huntsville City Schools are presently operating with at least three months in
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