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1/30/20 Report finds Americans are avoiding exercise and eating less healthy at a younger age UPI
10/25/19 Report: Afterschool Nutrition Program shows significant expansion, but needs more funding Education Dive
3/3/21 Research highlights crucial role of school meals in children’s health Food Management
12/6/18 Responding to the Needs of Local Schools, USDA Publishes School Meals Final Rule USDA
8/25/20 Restorative circles, online wellness rooms and grief training: How schools are preparing for the Covid mental health crisis The Hechinger Report
10/29/19 Sanders and Omar Unveil Sweeping Legislation to Provide Universal School Meals to Children Rep. Omar News Release
2/25/21 Santa Ana Unified to offer free weekend meals for children Orange County Register
3/26/19 School Breakfast Program: Substitution of Vegetables for Fruit USDA Food & Nutrition Services
10/14/20 School cafeteria debt dropped dramatically in recent months Daily Times Chronicle
4/5/19 School cafeteria workers are making meal kits for students in need The Today Show
12/12/18 School cafeterias continue to serve students on snow days WDBJ-TV
11/11/20 School Closures During COVID-19: Opportunitiesfor Innovation in Meal Service American Journal of Public Health
4/18/19 School cooks help students with difficult home lives thrive WVAH-TV
2/16/21 School districts face staff shortages with return to full time Idaho Press
1/21/19 School districts, food banks ready to help furloughed federal workers Kitsap Sun
8/27/18 School Food Purchases Are Moving The Needle For The Local Food Movement
9/12/18 School fundraisers could face new limites under federal rules CBS Sacramento
6/30/20 School lunch as we know it is over. But for school nutrition directors, the lessons keep coming. The Counter
9/25/19 School lunch in this district costs $3.85. It's a healthful bargain. Austin360
1/27/20 School Lunch Nutrition Becomes Political Orlando Sentinel
3/12/19 School lunch nutrition finds new flavors District Administration
2/25/20 School lunch overhaul led to healthier meals for U.S. kids Reuters Health
7/29/20 School lunch program changes improved children's diets UPI
6/1/20 School lunch programs are losing millions feeding hungry kids; they could be broke by fall USA Today
4/21/20 School Lunch Programs Are Rapidly Going Broke Huff Post
11/18/19 School lunch shouldn't come with a side of shame Star Tribune
10/30/19 School lunches have become more nutritious despite challenges, a look at eight elementary schools shows The Washington Post
7/16/18 School lunches inspire hunt for no-blend smoothies, pea butter at ANC 2018 Las Vegas Review Journal
3/13/20 School meal assistance proposals in House coronavirus response act Education Dive
4/15/20 School meal programs press on amid coronavirus closings Times Herald
11/5/20 School meal programs require new calculations in the pandemic Star Tribune
5/13/20 School meal programs seek relief, plan for uncertain summer Education Dive
3/4/21 School Meals Have Been Free To All Students During The Pandemic. Some Want To See That Continue Past COVID-19 Wisconsin Public Radio
5/6/20 School meals remain a lifeline for many The Salem News
4/15/20 School Meals: Court Strikes Down Trump Rollback of Nutrition Standards Education Week
5/2/19 School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study USDA Food and Nutrition Services
1/22/21 School Nutrition Association calls for universal free meals for students 'as an intergal part of education' Food Navigator-USA
7/28/20 School Nutrition Foundation Help Feed School Kids Now COVID-19 Summer Feeding Grant Application School Nutrition Foundation
5/11/20 School nutrition programs deal with deficits, shortfalls and an uncertain future Food Management
1/2/19 School Nutrition Programs May Slow Weight Gain in Teens Psych Central
11/27/18 School provides hot lunch on snow day Capital Journal
11/18/19 School Turns Leftover Cafeteria Food Into Frozen, Take-Home Meals To Give To Students In Need Apost
8/22/19 School’s produce tasting boosted by spirit of competition Food Management
2/28/19 Schools add healthy, local to the menu -- and some kids eat it up Minnesota Public Radio
4/4/19 Schools Are Feeding Hungry Students With Meals That Would Have Gone to Waste EdWeek
11/11/20 Schools Are Struggling to Feed Our Kids—Here's What Parents Can Do to Help Parents
12/13/20 Schools as community partners WRAL-TV
5/24/19 Schools can't bar students from graduation exercises over unpaid lunch debt, Minnesota AG says Star Tribune
9/10/19 Schools find healthy meals that kids actually eat Atlanta Journal Constitution
12/1/20 Schools find new ways to deliver free lunches during pandemic Marketplace


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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