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8/2/22 Without free school meals for all, many fear lunch debt will return ‘with a vengeance’ Chalkbeat
8/1/22 Free school meals helped families during the pandemic. This fall, those lunches won’t return. The 19th
8/1/22 Massachusetts to pilot universal school meal program Western Mass News
7/27/22 Congressional Democrats push to expand access to free school meals Education Week
7/27/22 As supply chain woes persist for school meals, districts get creative K-12 Dive
7/27/22 School nutrition professionals brace for continued supply chain challenges FoodService Director
7/24/22 Another increase in USDA reimbursements for school meals Food and Environment Reporting Network
7/22/22 The House Committee on Education and Labor releases Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill FoodService Director
7/21/22 Child nutrition reauthorization plan calls for expanding free meal access K-12 Dive
7/20/22 Universal free school lunch program is set to expire The Washington Post
7/19/22 Massachusetts budget extends free school meal program Boston Globe
7/18/22 Senator plans to pass Keep Kids Fed Act permanently WRVO-FM (Oswego, NY)
7/14/22 School nutrition programs prepare for changes Nebraska Public Media
7/13/22 District encourages meal program applications The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)
7/13/22 Miffed over navy bean recipe, students take on federal school lunch program Agweek
7/13/22 California budgets $100 million for K-12 plant-based ingredients Green Queen
7/12/22 School nutrition pros, vendors gather at SNA conference WOLF-TV (Orlando)
7/8/22 Students make the most honest school lunch taste testers Wall Street Journal
7/7/22 As school lunch waivers expire, school officials encourage more applications Yahoo News
7/7/22 Families worried about school lunch prices as inflation soars KRMG
7/1/22 USDA to give school nutrition programs close to $1B in procurement aid FoodService Director
6/30/22 School lunches aren't free to everyone anymore. Some advocates think they should be. Marketplace.org
6/30/22 USDA allocates $943M to help schools buy local foods The Packer
6/29/22 Schools make difficult decision about meal prices WCNC-TV
6/27/22 Families brace for changes to pandemic-era free school meals The Associated Press
6/25/22 Biden signs the school meal waivers bill into law, but free meals are over for many NPR
6/24/22 Congress extends pandemic school lunch waivers, though not all kids will benefit CNN
6/22/22 Lawmakers reach bipartisan deal on free school meal funding - with some changes Detroit Free Press
6/21/22 School meal waivers expire in 9 days. After axing them, Congress may try to save them. NPR
6/19/22 Analysis: Summer meal participation could decline CNN
6/18/22 Free school lunches for all set to end, creating ‘perfect storm’ amid high inflation MSN
6/17/22 Push to renew federal school meal waivers persists Food & Environment Reporting Network
6/17/22 Don't take lunch from America's students The Washington Post
6/16/22 School nutrition pro concerned about child poverty NPR
6/15/22 Are expiring school meal waivers a looming catastrophe? Civil Eats
6/14/22 U.S. free school meal program ends June 30 - What next? Newsweek
6/8/22 Schools may get USDA funding to buy US commodities Politico
6/7/22 For millions of students, a school lunch crisis might be impending Bon Appetit
6/7/22 School children at risk of losing free universal lunch MSNBC
6/6/22 Hunger 'cliff' looms as pandemic school lunch aid is running out Bloomberg Law
6/6/22 Pandemic rules for school lunch program expiring Marketplace
6/6/22 Schools to raise meal prices as food costs increase The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Marion, Iowa)
6/1/22 Vermont funds statewide universal school meal program Bennington Banner
5/31/22 Some states want to lock in universal free school meals as federal waivers end Education Week
5/26/22 School nutrition pros face "dire" supply chain woes U.S. News & World Report
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

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