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5/13/24 Universal School Lunches Could Improve Children's Nutrition and Help Local Farmers Non-Profit Quarterly
5/3/24 Summer Meals for Kids Site Finder USDA Food and Nutrition Service
4/24/24 Updates to the School Nutrition Standards USDA Food and Nutrition Service
4/22/24 Schools Nationwide Can Now Apply to Receive a Bulk Milk Grant Newswire
4/22/24 A look at which states have the healthiest school lunches FoodService Director
4/15/24 Study says parent perceptions of school meals influence student participation in school meal programs Elsevier
4/12/24 The surprising connection between universal school meals and student discipline Education Week
4/10/24 Consumer Reports asks USDA to remove Lunchables from schools' lunch menus NPR
4/5/24 School breakfast and lunch participation drops following loss of universal free meals FoodService Director
4/4/24 California schools forced to compete with fast food industry for workers after minimum wage hike Washington Post
4/4/24 USDA set to introduce final school meal standards KUNM-FM (Albuquerque, NM)
4/2/24 Federal bill would set up grant program for scratch-made meals in schools FoodService Director
3/30/24 Are Idaho’s famous potatoes vegetables or … grains?! Senators take a stand in food debate East Idaho News
3/29/24 WI first state approved for kids' summer meal program Public News Service
3/28/24 Nevada ends free school meal program KRNV-TV
3/22/24 The end of universal school meals hurt student meal participation K-12 Dive
3/18/24 Study: CEP participation tied to reduced obesity HealthDay News
3/12/24 California lawmaker introduces bill to remove artificial dyes from cereals, baked goods and other foods served in school NBC News
3/10/24 Some Minnesota schools shut out of free meals Star Tribune
3/8/24 Minnesota’s free school meals push driving big jump in breakfasts MPR News
3/5/24 Locally produced food and better paid cafeteria workers delayed as Colorado scrambles to pay for free school lunch program Colorado Public Radio News
2/28/24 GOP governors face pressure campaign to feed kids in the summer Politico
2/27/24 Minnesota bill would provide free milk to students who bring lunch from home FoodService Director
2/23/24 School meal participation jumps in 5 states that implemented universal free meals FoodService Director
2/22/24 Colorado’s free school meal program feeding more students than expected, creating a big gap in funding Colorado Public Radio News
2/21/24 California school nutrition operators grapple with persistent labor shortages FoodService Director
2/20/24 Got milk? Minnesota may make cartons free for all students Axios
2/20/24 Push for free school lunches continues as unpaid meal debt surpasses $19 million Investigate TV
2/14/24 New Minnesota legislation would require 15 minutes minimum for students to eat lunch KARE 11
2/14/24 Momentum builds for universal school meals in N.Y. Spectrum News
2/13/24 Hawaii considers providing universal school meals Hawaii Public Radio
2/12/24 Illinois advocates seek to fund universal school meal program WICS-TV (Springfield, Ill.)
2/9/24 Why some governors turned down a food assistance program for children in their states PBS Newshour
2/6/24 Colorado universal school meals ease financial strain KOAA News 5 Southern Colorado
2/6/24 Free school meals overwhelmingly popular with Minnesota voters, survey finds Minnesota Reformer
2/5/24 Scratch cooking, local ingredients serve up a school lunch revolution in Minnesota MPR News
2/5/24 MN school nutritionists want state to address length of lunchtime WJON-AM (St. Cloud, MN)
2/1/24 National school lunch program could be banned from serving lab-cultivated meat Food Safety News
1/28/24 $1 million donation set to wipe school lunch debt for 7,000 US students, says report Business Insider
1/24/24 Cookies, chicken tenders, dumplings: NYC cost-cutting axes faves from February school menu Chalkbeat
1/24/24 Connecticut advocates seek funding for free school meals CT Public Radio
1/23/24 Virginia makes a second attempt at passing universal free school meals legislation FoodService Director
1/16/24 New Jersey expands free school meal access FoodService Director
1/11/24 Minnesota school meal participation jumps after adopting universal free meal program FoodService Director
1/7/24 What US school lunches looked like through the decades Tasting Table
1/5/24 California families to benefit from new federal summer nutrition program Ed Source
1/2/24 States opt out of Summer EBT program FoodService Director
12/18/23 Whole milk in schools bill blocked in U.S. Senate FoodService Director
12/18/23 MN's no-cost school meals draw interest from research community Public News Service
12/13/23 House passes bill allowing schools to serve whole milk The Hill


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