More Fed Money for Food at Summer Programs

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TANF funds available through the Recovery Act can be used to help run summer food service programs by covering costs that are not normally reimbursed.

That’s the word to states from two federal agencies: the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Food and Nutrition Service within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

HHS said last month that states can seek 80 percent reimbursement through the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Emergency Fund provided by the Recovery Act to cover such expenditures as staff to provide supervision and programming at summer feeding sites, transporting food and/or children to feeding sites, recreational activities to attract youths to program locations, and meal preparation costs that are not otherwise reimbursed under USDA’s Summer Food Service Program.

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