The Agriculture Department has announced it will contribute almost $1 billion to support the purchase of American-grown food in schools

The funding, which will be provided through the Commodity Credit Corp., builds upon the department’s $1 billion in Supply Chain Assistance funding allocated in December.

The funding announcement follows President Joe Biden's signing last week of the Keep Kids Fed Act, which extends flexibility to allow schools to serve meals this summer at no cost to families.

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“The Biden administration knows that ongoing impacts of supply chain issues and rising food costs continue to be a challenge for many schools and child nutrition operators, and we are thankful for Congress stepping up to ease some of their burdens,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “On our end, this funding boost is yet another step the administration is taking to ensure every child who needs a meal, gets one.”

The $943 million will be disbursed to state agencies to ensure U.S products are used in schools throughout the country.

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