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On an average day in California, over 600,000 nutritious meals are served at over 12,000 locations. These meals are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and the Summer Food Service Program. The California Department of Education (CDE) disburses over $3.3 billion in federal and state funds to support schools, child care centers, family day care homes, adult care centers, park and recreation centers, and other eligible agencies in providing nutritious meals and snacks. In 2021–22, the CDE distributed over $ 221 million in USDA Foods to eligible public and private nonprofit agencies throughout the state for use in preparing meals.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, May 22, 2023
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