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Supply chain disruptions impact school lunch programs

The U.S. school lunch system is feeling the impact of the nation's supply chain disruptions. Shipping bottlenecks and labor shortages are limiting resources for school districts across the country. The rising cost of goods, coupled with the limited availability of products, are creating issues for millions of vulnerable students. Many of these kids rely on school lunches for a majority of their daily nutritional intake. Jeremy West, director of partnerships and engagement for the Urban School Food Alliance, joins CBSN to discuss.


Black farmers face new obstacle

A federal program created by the Biden administration to reverse a long-standing history of economic discrimination against Black farmers is on hold. Advocates said the loan forgiveness program is an opportunity to help thousands who have been disadvantaged by decades of unfair treatment, but a conservative law firm in Wisconsin argued it was unconstitutional because White farmers aren't eligible. Natalie Baszile, author of "We Are Each Other's Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy," joins CBSN to discuss.


Black-owned farms decreasing in the U.S.

U.S. Department of Agriculture nominee Tom Vilsack faces criticism from Black farmers for not doing enough under the Obama administration to address systemic racism in farming. Meanwhile, the number of Black-owned farms in the U.S. continues to decline. Founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association, John W. Boyd Jr., joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero to discuss his experience and why he has hope for the Justice for Black Farmers Act.


Democrats debate direction of the USDA

The person President-elect Joe Biden selects to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture will oversee farming policy as well as programs like food stamps and nutrition services. Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina has thrown his support behind Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, leader of the Nutrition and Oversight Subcommittee on the House Agriculture Committee. CBSN political contributor and Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright joins CBSN with analysis.

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