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11/23/20 Hungry at Thanksgiving: A Fall 2020 update on food insecurity in the U.S. Brookings Institute
11/16/20 Helping Children With Anxiety in the Pandemic New York Times
11/12/20 Not Enough to Eat: COVID-19 Deepens America’s Hunger Crisis Food Research & Action Council
11/11/20 What's for lunch? Students learn about voting in mock election KEYC-TV
11/11/20 School Closures During COVID-19: Opportunitiesfor Innovation in Meal Service American Journal of Public Health
11/11/20 Schools Are Struggling to Feed Our Kids—Here's What Parents Can Do to Help Parents
11/5/20 School meal programs require new calculations in the pandemic Star Tribune
10/30/20 Are ‘Kidfluencers’ Making Our Kids Fat? New York Times
10/30/20 Districts Anxious About Plunge in Meal-Program Applicants Education Week
10/30/20 My students are up against COVID-19, economic despair, online learning and heedless adults USA Today
10/25/20 Study: Participation in afterschool nutrition programs was rising before pandemic Fern's Ag Insider
10/25/20 Oakland Unified School District navigates school meal participation challenges Food Management
10/25/20 How schools can build physical activity into classroom instruction District Administration
10/19/20 CDC: Nearly 20% of U.S. Kids Don't Get Breakfast MedPage Today
10/19/20 Thinking HACCP in a COVID-19 world School Nutrition
10/19/20 Stretching your budget with USDA Foods School Nutrition Magazine
10/19/20 Please, take the meals. Tips for explaining the complexities of school nutrition funding to parents. School Nutrition Magazine
10/15/20 SNA Survey Finds School Meal Programs' Financial Losses Mount School Nutrition Association
10/14/20 Distance learning leaves officials struggling with how to feed students CBS News
10/14/20 School cafeteria debt dropped dramatically in recent months Daily Times Chronicle
10/12/20 Millions of students struggle with hunger CBS News
10/9/20 Trump Administration Extends Free Meals for Kids for Entire School Year USDA
10/8/20 New study finds link between food insecurity, unengaged distance learners KSAT-TV
10/6/20 Congress Averts Government Shutdown, Makes it Easier for Schools to Feed Hungry Kids Education Week
10/6/20 One On One: School Nutrition Association’s president on turning foodservice heroes into advocates Food Management
10/5/20 Regional, local schools finding healthy, local options for lunch programs Mankato Free Press
10/1/20 Schools Tackle COVID-19; SNA President shares how K-12 programs are holding up. Foodservice Equipment Reports
10/1/20 Arkansas district purchases food truck to expand services to its students KTVE/KARD
10/1/20 Asheville City Schools open up additional drive-thru meal sites WLOS-TV
10/1/20 Texas schools seeing steep declines in number of students getting free meals The Texas Tribune
10/1/20 Schools revamp meal programs during COVID-19 to curb childhood hunger, with potential to fix long-term problems New Mexico in Depth
10/1/20 The Longest Summer; Childhood Hunger in the Wake of Coronavirus No Kid Hungry
9/24/20 How to Tame Your Snack Monster New York Times
9/24/20 District trades breakfasts and lunches for grocery bags Food Management
9/23/20 Study estimates 1.15 billion school meals missed last spring Food Management
9/20/20 Clarification on NSLP-SBP Meal Pattern Rules for SY 2020-21 School Nutrition Association
9/20/20 4 things our nation should do to feed hungry students so they can learn CNN Opinion
9/16/20 What Should Recess — and Play — Look Like in a Socially Distanced World? EdSurge
9/15/20 One On One With: Feeding K-12 students during the school year Food Management
9/9/20 'Children Are Going Hungry': Why Schools Are Struggling To Feed Students National Public Radio
9/9/20 Wisconsin district takes extra safety measures during lunchtime WMTV
9/7/20 After backlash, USDA agrees to extend free-meal program for children Washington Post
9/7/20 'It’s a little nerve-wracking': Lunchtime for students looks different amid COVID-19 Indianapolis Star
9/6/20 Commentary: We need healthy school lunches in the era of COVID-19 The Chicago Tribune
9/1/20 USDA extends summer meal flexibilities to feed kids, eases burden on school districts Food Management
8/31/20 USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020 USDA
8/26/20 USDA set to pull plug on school meal flexibilities at start of school year Food Management
8/26/20 Millions of children threatened by hunger need Congress to come together CNN
8/25/20 Restorative circles, online wellness rooms and grief training: How schools are preparing for the Covid mental health crisis The Hechinger Report
8/25/20 Schools Sound the Alarm as Key COVID-19 Meal Waiver Is Set to Expire Education Week

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