Issue Brief 21-24
December 28, 2021

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it would provide up to $1.5 billion to states and school districts to help them address school meal supply chain disruptions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Two-thirds of the funding will be available to states in January 2022 in the form of cash payments, with the schedule for the remainder still to be determined.

This brief summarizes the USDA announcement and guidance released so far and provides a table of state allocations from USDA.