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5/24/22 Inflation hits the lunch line: How higher costs and supply chain issues are affecting school lunches CBS News
5/20/22 School nutrition directors prepare for next academic year with and without universal meals K-12 Dive
5/19/22 New law requires Illinois schools to offer a plant-based lunch alternative to students FoodService Director
5/17/22 Pandemic EBT: A vital tool to reduce childhood hunger this summer Food Research & Action Center
5/17/22 Equity in the lunchroom: Minnesota coalition pushes to keep school meals free for all students once federal aid expires KARE 11
5/16/22 School lunch menus are changing from bland to culturally appropriate Lohud
5/13/22 Ed Dept offers 18-month extension requests for ARP spending K-12 Dive
5/11/22 Updated school nutrition standards reduced weight gain in students from low-income families, study says FoodService Director
5/10/22 High school nutrition team hires students to combat staffing challenges FoodService Director
5/7/22 'I worry about what happens next year:' Federal waivers that decreased childhood hunger end soon The Chronicle (Ohio)
5/6/22 Senator seeks to add meal waiver extension to COVID-19 bill Roll Call
5/5/22 USDA releases updated nondiscrimination statement guidance National CACFP Sponsors Organization
5/3/22 Universal access to free meals at schools can lead to lower grocery bills and healthier food purchases The Conversation
5/3/22 'Everything is going up' — School kitchens feeling pinch of rising food prices Lincoln Journal Star
5/2/22 USDA: States can still apply for limited school nutrition waivers K-12 Dive
4/29/22 Districts get ready to celebrate school nutrition professionals on National School Lunch Hero Day FoodService Director
4/28/22 As child nutrition waivers near expiration, 2 states take steps to provide universal school meals FoodService Director
4/26/22 3 strategies to address new school nutrition standards eSchool News
4/25/22 District sees spike in meal participation via waivers Reporter-Times (Martinsville, Ind)
4/21/22 School districts push Congress to extend free meals for students WFMJ-TV (Youngstown, OH)
4/20/22 State legislatures propose universal school meals K-12 Dive
4/20/22 Districts want extension of meal waivers to avoid "hunger cliff" KTHV-TV
4/19/22 Free school lunches ending, applications needed for next year Wyoming News Now
4/18/22 Behind the lunch tray: A look at how school meals are funded EDNC
4/18/22 High school to convert cafeteria waste into compost for sale The Sun Chronicle
4/11/22 Tater tot casserole without tater tots? Rising costs stress school lunch programs. Marketplace
4/8/22 Schools in Illinois may offer vegetarian, vegan meals Belleville News-Democrat
4/7/22 Lawmakers and industry leaders want to extend universal free meals in schools Michigan Radio
4/6/22 'A crisis point.' Schools are fighting to extend a meal program that keeps millions of kids fed TIME
4/5/22 As supply chain challenges persist, school nutrition teams go local FoodService Director
4/5/22 Universal school meals back on table in bipartisan Senate proposal K-12 Dive
4/4/22 District brings peanut butter back to menus after 18 year absence K-12 Dive
4/2/22 Proposal to continue free in-school breakfast and lunch advances in Minnesota House Duluth News Tribune
3/31/22 Senators revive school lunch debate with bill to extend universal free meals Politico
3/31/22 Free school meal program, set to expire, would be restored under Senate bill NBC News
3/24/22 Districts brace for big school lunch changes as Congress ends some pandemic aid WMYD-TV
3/22/22 Schools will soon stop serving free lunch to all students: What comes next? UConn Today
3/21/22 The fight for free universal school meals Politico
3/21/22 Millions of children will miss healthy school meals when pandemic relief expires NPR
3/18/22 District sources more local food for meals WUSA-TV (Washington, D.C.)
3/18/22 Universal free school lunch is set to expire. Some lawmakers want to keep it going. Colorado Public Radio
3/16/22 Schools warn of hunger, higher costs when federal meal waivers end Education Week
3/15/22 Families brace for possible end of universal free school meals ABC News
3/13/22 School food access at risk; leaders seek to extend USDA child nutrition programs
3/12/22 Universal school meals urged at SXSW EDU, but Congress shutters the idea K-12 Dive
3/10/22 Special meals mark National School Breakfast Week WTIC-TV (Hartford, Conn.)
3/10/22 Schools concerned about end of meal waivers KTVX-TV (Salt Lake City)
3/9/22 Millions of kids face risk of hunger if Congress doesn't extend pandemic school lunch waivers CNN
3/9/22 Finger-pointing ensues after Congress fails to extend universal school meals Politico
3/9/22 School meal programs in 'financial peril' after spending bill snub, advocates say NBC News


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“You’ve all been amazing this week. Thank you for your hard work and time in serving summer meals. To see all the youth going ham on the food is AMAZING!”
Christa DeBoer, Nutrition Program Director : Youthprise