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Sec. Vilsack on Indirect Cost
In an article in the National Journal's Congress Daily today (March 26, 2009) Agriculture Secretary Vilsack discusses school nutrition programs and child nutrition reauthorization. While the full article is not online - this excerpt may of interest to school nutrition professionals and advocates:
"Noting that some school nutrition administrators recently testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee that school superintendents are charging an increasing array of costs such as electricity to the school lunch budget, Vilsack said it is appropriate for Congress to address indirect costs in its reauthorization effort.
"The money we are providing for nutrition needs to be used for nutrition," Vilsack said. "Notwithstanding the fact that school budgets are strapped, it is not designed to fund other important work of the school district. That's state and locals' responsibility."