RELEASE: Gottheimer-backed Bipartisan Bill to Extend Critical School Meal Programs this Summer Signed into Law

Jun 27, 2022
Press

WASHINGTON, D.C — Less than one week before school meal provisions were set to expire, bipartisan legislation backed by U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) — the Keep Kids Fed Act — passed through Congress and has now been signed into law. This legislation extends critical school meal related flexibilities that have prevented children in North Jersey and all over the country from going hungry during the summer and throughout the school year. 

“We cannot let a single child go hungry. Over the summer, finding a reliable source of food can become more difficult for children, and throughout the school year it’s impossible for a child to succeed in school if they’re hungry. When the result would be scores of students starting their day with a sharper mind, stronger body, and better chance of a successful school day, there is no excuse to not support critical measures like this one,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “ I am proud to have voted for this bipartisan bill that will extend much needed resources for our children and take a critical step forward to help ensure they are fed.” 

The bipartisan Keep Kids Fed Act will: 

  • Extend eligibility for summer 2022 meal programs to serve all children for free and continue options like meal delivery and grab-and-go.  
  • Allow students with a family income at or below 185% of poverty level to qualify for free or reduced-cost meals for the 2022-23 school year. 
  • Increase the reimbursement rate for school lunch and school breakfast to help offset the cost of food and operating expenses. Schools will receive an additional 40 cents for each lunch and 15 cents for each breakfast served.   
  • Provide an additional 10 cents per meal or snack for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) daycares and home providers, and expand eligibility to more providers. When combined, these actions will help offset more costs for meal providers.   
  • Cut unnecessary and burdensome red-tape by extending meal pattern waivers for schools through the 2022-23 school year, to allow for flexibility given supply chain disruptions or shortages.  

Gottheimer has been a strong proponent of schools in the Fifth District utilizing the federal National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program to ensure that no student goes hungry. Last December, Gottheimer provided North Jersey superintendents with ways that their schools can utilize federal investments to help feed North Jersey students and to lower the burden on municipal budgets. 

###

Recent Posts


Jul 12, 2024
Press

RELEASE: Gottheimer Statement on Turkish President Erdoğan

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Friday, July 12, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: “President Erdoğan continues to offer dangerous support to Hamas — an Iranian-backed terrorist organization — while using every opportunity to delegitimize the State of Israel. Following the heinous terrorist […]



Jul 9, 2024
Press

RELEASE: Gottheimer Questions U.S. Secretary of Treasury Yellen

Above: Gottheimer questioning U.S. Secretary of Treasury Yellen. WASHINGTON, DC, — Today, July 9, 2024, during a House Committee on Financial Services hearing, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) questioned U.S. Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen on rising childcare costs, the ongoing effort to sanction Iranian officials, and reduce the risk of potential Iranian-funded acts of terror […]



Jul 9, 2024
Press

RELEASE: Gottheimer, Bilirakis Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging Secretary Blinken to Address President Erdoğan’s Pro-Hamas, Anti-Israel Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Tuesday, July 9, 2024, U.S. Representatives Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) led a bipartisan letter signed by twenty-eight Members of Congress to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, urging the State Department to address Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s hostility toward Israel and continued support of Hamas terrorists. The letter is supported by […]