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12/11/23 Legislation would expand milk choices in schools Dairy Reporter
12/5/23 Wisconsin bill would provide additional state funding to schools who offer universal free meals FoodService Director
12/5/23 USDA and FRAC award grant funding to improve federal child nutrition program access FoodService Director
11/28/23 Federal bill would increase reimbursement rate for after-school meals served through CACFP FoodService Director
11/21/23 As milk carton shortage affects students, Sen. Schumer calls for investigation Ed Source
11/14/23 Federal bill would expand USDA farm-to-school program FoodService Director
11/13/23 Schools look for workarounds as milk carton shortage persists FoodService Director
11/9/23 Child and Adult Care Food Program underutilized, unequally accessed in low-income areas, research reveals Food Navigator
11/6/23 US school milk supply at risk due to carton shortage Fox News
10/30/23 Free school meals program causing some families to miss out on other educational benefits WCCO News (Minnesota)
10/27/23 Food insecurity increased as pandemic-era meal waivers ended K-12 Dive
10/26/23 After-school meal participation drops for the first time K-12 Dive
10/20/23 K-12 operators and manufacturers gear up for potential changes to school nutrition standards FoodService Director
10/11/23 California codifies USDA proposal to adjust school meal nutrition standards K-12 Dive
10/11/23 Millions of kids are newly eligible for free school meals — but many will likely miss out Chalkbeat
10/11/23 USDA unveils new school meal grant opportunities, training partnership Food Management
10/6/23 ‘Stop penalizing hunger’: the push to cancel US school lunch debt The Guardian
10/5/23 School cafeterias offering more choices, better selections WOAI-TV (San Antonio)
10/3/23 Survey highlights importance of school meal programs Civil Eats
10/2/23 'They would take away the food': The shame of school lunch debt for one former student Today
9/29/23 Schools grapple with rising food costs WKTR-TV (Norfolk, Va.)
9/28/23 Free meals for all students is best way to combat hunger, report concludes Education Week
9/27/23 In a government shutdown, here are the nutrition programs affected The Washington Post
9/26/23 More students gain eligibility for free school meals under expanded US program The Associated Press
9/22/23 States want to put more local food on school lunch trays. What does that mean, exactly? Modern Farmer
9/22/23 Minnesota district faces lunch challenges Valley News KVLY-TV
9/20/23 Teachers say students don’t have enough time to eat lunch. Here’s how to change that Education Week
9/14/23 Universal free school meals keeping Massachusetts students more awake during class Boston Herald
9/7/23 How states are responding after federal funding for free school meals for all ends PBS Newshour
9/7/23 Most Americans support giving all kids free breakfast and lunch at school, new poll finds Chalkbeat
9/5/23 New school year offers breakfasts and lunches to Minnesota students at no cost MPR News
8/29/23 USDA modernizes oversight of child nutrition programs, including school meals Food Navigator
8/25/23 Schoolkids in 8 states can now eat free school meals, advocates urge Congress for nationwide policy AP News
8/22/23 As free school meals roll out in Minnesota, districts worry about staffing shortages, loss of funding WCCO News (Minnesota)
8/20/23 South Dakota rejects federal food funding despite 25,000 children going hungry South Dakota News Watch
8/15/23 ‘Food is the biggest expense’: Mass. families welcome permanent free school meals for students WBUR (Boston)
8/15/23 Updating school nutrition standards could save 10,600 lives per year K-12 Dive
8/14/23 How 8 US states pay for free lunch for public school students Business Insider
8/10/23 All Massachusetts public school students will now be entitled to free lunch CBS News
8/9/23 School cafeterias face a budget crunch. That means school lunch prices could rise USA Today
8/7/23 USDA will give almost $30M to small and rural schools as part of its Healthy Meals Incentives initiative FoodService Director
8/3/23 These states are restoring free school meals for all kids, regardless of income CNBC
8/3/23 These states are restoring free school meals for all kids, regardless of income CNBC
8/1/23 USDA raises income requirements for free and reduced school lunch programs to keep up with inflation Boise State Public Radio (Idaho)
8/1/23 Federal bill seeks to better training for school nutrition professionals FoodService Director
8/1/23 Massachusetts to become 8th state to make universal free school meals permanent Truthout
7/31/23 Students lobby for more plant-based school meal options Food Navigator
7/31/23 Current rules for student summer lunch programs could be affecting participation CBS News
7/27/23 Study to consider effect of school meals on mental health KNWA-TV/KFTA-TV (Fayetteville, Ark)
7/26/23 Summer meals program participation plummeted in 2022 K-12 Dive


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