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8/26/20 USDA set to pull plug on school meal flexibilities at start of school year Food Management
1/21/20 USDA tries to relax nutrition guidelines for school meals Chicago Tribune
3/18/20 USDA Working with Private Sector in Response to COVID-19 USDA Food and Nutrition Service
3/12/20 Utah prepares to keep providing meals to students in need if coronavirus causes school closures The Salt Lake Tribune
2/12/21 Viewpoint: Helping school food crews find their “why” Food Management
12/15/20 Vilsack chosen as Biden's Agriculture Secretary Politico
6/11/18 Want to Build a Better Recess? Researchers Have a Framework for You Education Week blog
8/31/19 We're the wealthiest country — our kids shouldn't go to school hungry The Hill
1/25/19 What an ongoing government shutdown could mean for school lunches NBC2 News
7/30/20 What Back to School Might Look Like in the Age of Covid-19 New York Times
9/25/19 What Happened To School Lunch 'Hour'? Today, It Clocks In Closer To 20 Minutes Wisconsin Public Radio
9/12/19 What Have the Last 10 Years of School Food Policy Taught Us? Civil Eats
1/9/20 What if Children Ran the School Lunchroom? The New York Times
9/16/20 What Should Recess — and Play — Look Like in a Socially Distanced World? EdSurge
11/11/20 What's for lunch? Students learn about voting in mock election KEYC-TV
8/15/19 What’s on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation Associated Press
1/20/21 When demand for meal kits skyrocketed, one Maryland district rose to the occasion Food Management
1/3/21 When teachers brought free lunch to kids amid COVID-19, they saw poverty up close USA Today
2/22/19 Whole Foods grants $500,000 to provide 150 salad bars to schools The Produce News
10/18/19 Why 20-Minute Lunch Periods Aren't Good for Students Education Week
12/23/20 Why a Minnesota school district kicked a la carte to the curb Food Management
2/10/20 Why Are You Still Packing Lunch for Your Kids? New York Times
1/19/21 Why Billions In Food Aid Hasn't Gotten To Needy Families MPR News
9/21/18 Why Chicago chefs like Matthias Merges are working to make food education as important as reading and math The Chicago Tribune
7/11/19 Why does participation in the federal summer meals program keep dropping? New Food Economy
8/7/19 Why have schools cut recess time? WXIA-TV
6/10/19 Why is the USDA downplaying good news about this Obama-era school nutrition program? The Washington Post
8/23/18 Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still in Class The New York Times
3/25/19 Why Lunch, Exercise, Sleep, and Air Quality Matter at School EdWeek
9/11/18 Why physical literacy matters for our students Middle Web
9/9/20 Wisconsin district takes extra safety measures during lunchtime WMTV
3/14/20 With coronavirus closing schools, here's how you can help food insecure children CNN
4/28/20 With schools shuttered, districts struggle to feed students and communities PBS News Hour
11/14/18 Zucchini everywhere: School-grown produce teaches students to eat their veggies MPR


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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