Schools Hoping Shutdown Doesn't Reoccur in January

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A school employee in our area welcomes the reopening of the federal government, but she worries this deal will only fund the government until January.

The Harrisonburg City School system relies heavily on federal money for its lunch program.

Andrea Early, the director of school nutrition for the school system, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded the school lunches during the shutdown and it planned to continue funding the lunches for a few months.

Early said the school receives nearly $2 million from the government in reimbursement for school lunches.

"Our programs are fine through January. Beyond that, we hope that there will be swift action by Congress to move forward with the budget that is approved through the remainder of the fiscal year," said Early. " We do have a cash reserve that would allow us to continue operations for a periods of months should there be a lapse in federal funding, but eventually we are going to need to receive those reimbursements for the meals that we are serving."

She said the funds help pay for the food that goes into the meals, the labor and equipment.


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