Department of Public Instruction: Wisconsin Receives $17 Million to Help School Food Authorities Address Persistent Supply Chain Issues

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MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently received more than $17 million in federal funding to help public school districts and private schools face unprecedented challenges in procuring and receiving food for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

The funding, allocated to the DPI by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, is intended to help school food authorities who face the challenges created by national supply chain challenges.

“Students learn best when they have access to healthy meals,” said State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly. “School food authorities are facing extraordinary challenges responding to shortages and fluctuating prices, and this funding will immediately help nutrition programs across Wisconsin serve the students who depend on these meals every day.”

The $17,238,862 Wisconsin receives will be allocated to SFAs by providing a base payment of $5,000 to all eligible public school districts and private schools, and a proportional funding amount based on each SFA’s share of enrollment. students statewide. These funds must be used exclusively for the purchase of unprocessed or minimally processed domestic food products and must meet the requirements of the NSLP and SBP.

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