Schools fear shutdown's threat

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program may see effect from shutdown soon.

Oct. 14—The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program could soon be a casualty of the partial government shutdown, leaving millions of children without an important source of nutrition, a group representing school nutrition workers warned Congress on Friday.

The group, the School Nutrition Association, said in a letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the protracted government shutdown left many school administrators uncertain of their ability to sustain the meal programs after Nov. 1, when schools begin to file federal reimbursement claims for meals served through October. The Agriculture Department said it could not guarantee that money for the school meal program would be available after that. 

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