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9/22/23 States want to put more local food on school lunch trays. What does that mean, exactly? Modern Farmer
9/22/23 Minnesota district faces lunch challenges Valley News KVLY-TV
9/20/23 Teachers say students don’t have enough time to eat lunch. Here’s how to change that Education Week
9/14/23 Universal free school meals keeping Massachusetts students more awake during class Boston Herald
9/7/23 How states are responding after federal funding for free school meals for all ends PBS Newshour
9/7/23 Most Americans support giving all kids free breakfast and lunch at school, new poll finds Chalkbeat
9/5/23 New school year offers breakfasts and lunches to Minnesota students at no cost MPR News
8/29/23 USDA modernizes oversight of child nutrition programs, including school meals Food Navigator
8/25/23 Schoolkids in 8 states can now eat free school meals, advocates urge Congress for nationwide policy AP News
8/22/23 As free school meals roll out in Minnesota, districts worry about staffing shortages, loss of funding WCCO News (Minnesota)
8/20/23 South Dakota rejects federal food funding despite 25,000 children going hungry South Dakota News Watch
8/15/23 ‘Food is the biggest expense’: Mass. families welcome permanent free school meals for students WBUR (Boston)
8/15/23 Updating school nutrition standards could save 10,600 lives per year K-12 Dive
8/14/23 How 8 US states pay for free lunch for public school students Business Insider
8/10/23 All Massachusetts public school students will now be entitled to free lunch CBS News
8/9/23 School cafeterias face a budget crunch. That means school lunch prices could rise USA Today
8/7/23 USDA will give almost $30M to small and rural schools as part of its Healthy Meals Incentives initiative FoodService Director
8/3/23 These states are restoring free school meals for all kids, regardless of income CNBC
8/3/23 These states are restoring free school meals for all kids, regardless of income CNBC
8/1/23 USDA raises income requirements for free and reduced school lunch programs to keep up with inflation Boise State Public Radio (Idaho)
8/1/23 Federal bill seeks to better training for school nutrition professionals FoodService Director
8/1/23 Massachusetts to become 8th state to make universal free school meals permanent Truthout
7/31/23 Students lobby for more plant-based school meal options Food Navigator
7/31/23 Current rules for student summer lunch programs could be affecting participation CBS News
7/27/23 Study to consider effect of school meals on mental health KNWA-TV/KFTA-TV (Fayetteville, Ark)
7/26/23 Summer meals program participation plummeted in 2022 K-12 Dive
7/25/23 Federal bill aims to increase local produce in school meals FoodService Director
7/24/23 Number of kids who received free summer lunches dropped by nearly 45% in 2022 compared to previous year NBC News
7/24/23 New Mexico signs universal school meals into law KOAT-TV (Albuquerque NM)
7/21/23 Michigan guarantees two free meals for all public school students starting this fall WWMT (Kalamazoo, MI)
7/20/23 U.S. Government Accountability Office shares recommendations to improve USDA Foods in Schools FoodService Director
7/18/23 Federal bill doubles down on buying American for school meals FoodService Director
7/17/23 Schools worry about cost of providing healthy meals for kids NewsNation
7/13/23 Nearly 5 million kids might miss out on food assistance if these states don’t act by Friday CNN
7/11/23 Feeding thousands of kids a day during the summer takes a lot of work. For many, it's crucial Georgia Public Broadcasting
7/11/23 What's on tap for school nutrition legislation FoodService Director
7/6/23 Student participation in school meal program dips after universal meals end K-12 Dive
7/5/23 Michigan lawmakers approve universal free meals FoodService Director
7/3/23 Free school meals in Minnesota to begin this school year WCCO News (Minnesota)
6/28/23 Meal participation drops at nation’s largest school districts following loss of free meals FoodService Director
6/28/23 Opinion: Nutrition education needed to transform health and food practices nationwide K-12 Dive
6/28/23 Free summer meals return to pre-pandemic availability WPTZ-TV (Burlington, Vt.)
6/27/23 USDA to give states nearly $1.3B to purchase school meals K-12 Dive
6/27/23 Federal bill aims to increase summer meal access FoodService Director
6/27/23 CEP grows to benefit 19.9M children nationwide The 74
6/23/23 School lunches no longer linked to childhood obesity, according to new study Times Union
6/23/23 U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide school nutrition programs additional procurement aid FoodService Director
6/23/23 Six states have made school meals free to all students. Will more follow? Education Week
6/21/23 Families turning to summer meal programs after pandemic relief ends Spectrum News
6/21/23 School lunch debt rocketed this year in Michigan schools. But proposal could change that Detroit Free Press


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