OPI Superintendent Arntzen on USDA Breakfast and Lunch Funding

Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen spoke to KGVO News on Tuesday about over $5 million in funding for school breakfasts and lunches from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Arntzen provided details on the latest funding from the USDA.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture which is where we receive a lot of the funding for our breakfasts, and our lunch programs,” said Arntzen. “Montana has received about $5 million, or a little bit more than that in three different funding flexibilities to make sure that our school children receive great nutrition and breakfast and the lunch program.”

Arntzen said some of the funds are meant to supplement the problems related to supply chain issues.

“One of them is coming to us specifically here at the OPI and then they will be given to our over 820 schools and it’s about giving them different types of foods and making sure that they have foods that are non perishable, making sure that we have an opportunity to sustain what students are expecting,” she said.

Arntzen said some of the funds will be used to purchase processed foods.

“Another one has to deal with USDA,” she said. “Schools can directly purchase from the USDA different kinds of

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