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8/15/19 Team Nutrition Back-to-School Resources USDA Team Nutrition
11/16/18 Texas high school is providing holiday cheer for students in need KFDA-TV
10/1/20 Texas schools seeing steep declines in number of students getting free meals The Texas Tribune
9/8/18 The 2018 USDA Food Insecurity Report is Bleak Fast Company
6/4/19 The Dairy Community Will Rally Coast to Coast This Summer to Take on Child Hunger PR Newswire
2/12/21 The pandemic has made school lunch free for all public school students. Advocates are hoping to make the change permanent. The Counter
1/26/21 The Pandemic Reveals Racial Gaps in School Meal Access Civil Eats
12/5/19 The Real School Lunch Story video School Nutrition Association
5/20/20 The road ahead for onsite dining: Back to school for K-12 Food Management
4/20/20 The scramble to feed the kids left hungry by the coronavirus crisis Vox
10/30/19 The State of Childhood Obesity The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
1/23/20 The Trump Administration’s Continued Attack On The Nutrition Safety Net: At What Cost? Health Affairs
12/21/20 The wait is nearly over: Congress set to provide over $50 billion for public schools ChalkBeat
4/25/19 These 3 tactics are helping schools tackle food insecurity Education Dive
10/19/20 Thinking HACCP in a COVID-19 world School Nutrition
12/18/19 This 5-year-old paid off the lunch balances for 123 students by selling cocoa and cookies CNN
12/25/18 This is what the USDA will and will not do during a government shutdown Des Moines Register
9/16/19 This Is Why The U.S. Is Failing To Tackle Childhood Obesity Huffington Post
2/5/19 Thompson, Peterson Introduce Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2019 Congressman Thompson Press Release
2/14/19 Time to eat school lunch affects elementary students' nutrient consumption (PDF) Journal of Child Nutrition & Management
2/19/21 Timing of food stamps can affect students’ test scores, study finds Education Week
1/7/21 To Balance Budget, Districts Offer Meals For All Families Regardless of Income The Independent News
7/18/20 To Help Recover From COVID-19, We Need Universal Free School Meals Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
8/28/19 Trump administration argues states have no say in healthy school lunch requirements rollback The Hill
10/18/19 Trump Administration Delays Cuts to Food Stamps and School Meals The New York Times
10/9/20 Trump Administration Extends Free Meals for Kids for Entire School Year USDA
12/14/18 Trump Administration Further Relaxes School Lunch Rules EdWeek Blog
4/4/19 Trump Administration Sued Over Rollback of School Lunch Standards The New York Times
6/25/19 Trump plan to re-calculate poverty level would affect school lunch, Head Start eligibility Education Dive
1/18/20 Trump Targets Michelle Obama’s School Nutrition Guidelines on Her Birthday The New York Times
11/27/18 U.S. officials say tainted romaine lettuce appears to be from California Reuters
8/28/19 U.S. to states: School lunch changes none of your business Reuters
10/18/19 Universal free lunch is linked to better test scores, new report finds Chalkbeat
2/15/21 Universal school meals are the best response to food insecurity Brattleboro Reformer
1/8/19 University of Minnesota study links adversity in early life to childhood obesity MinnPost
8/31/19 US attorney: States can't sue feds over lunch program changes Education Dive
1/30/20 US government basically declares war on millions of school children The Hill
7/21/19 USDA announces record funding for farm-to-school grants The Packer
7/16/19 USDA Announces Record-Breaking Funding for 2019 Farm to School Grants USDA
1/20/20 USDA Announces School and Summer Meals Reforms USDA
6/12/20 USDA Ensures All Kids Can Get Free Meals This Summer as Nation Reopens USDA Food and Nutrition Service
3/18/20 USDA Extends Comment Period on Proposed School and Summer Meal Reforms USDA Food and Nutrition Service
8/31/20 USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020 USDA
9/1/20 USDA extends summer meal flexibilities to feed kids, eases burden on school districts Food Management
5/18/20 USDA Extends Waivers to Help Schools Feed Hungry Kids During COVID-19 Closures Education Week
6/29/20 USDA Gives Out $12.1 Million in Largest-Ever Farm to School Grant Awards USDA Food and Nutrition Service
3/26/20 USDA Makes it Easier to Feed Kids and Those Who Need Food During the COVID-19 National Emergency USDA Food and Nutrition Service
6/25/20 USDA Provides Flexibilities to Ensure Kids Receive Meals This Fall USDA Food and Nutrition Service
10/16/19 USDA Recognizes Hard-Working School Meals Professionals, Empowers Them to Do Right in School Lunchrooms USDA
9/21/18 USDA Secretary Working to Empower Local School Leaders and Improve the School Meal Programs USDA FNS

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