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9/23/22 USDA launches first phase of new $100M healthy school meals initiative FoodService Director
9/22/22 “It’s really traumatizing for those kids” MN Senator introduces the ‘No Shame at School Act’ KEYC
9/19/22 USDA report: Increased fruit and vegetable purchases followed school nutrition reform The Packer
9/19/22 Universal school lunch bill proposed in PA Times Observer (Pennsylvania)
9/14/22 USDA to provide almost $500 million in procurement funding for school nutrition programs FoodService Director
9/14/22 As supply chain woes persist for school meals, districts get creative Supply Chain Dive
9/12/22 Families scramble for aid as pandemic-era free meal program for students comes to an end PBS
9/10/22 Next stress for many parents: First school lunch bills since 2020 CNN
9/9/22 Pennsylvania to launch universal school breakfast program The Philadelphia Inquirer
9/7/22 Hunger advocates want free school meals for all kids. It's tough sell in Congress NPR
9/7/22 Food insecurity for families with children reached two-decade low in 2021 The New York Times
9/3/22 For some families, going back to school means going back to lunchroom debt Star Tribune
9/2/22 Task force recommends universal school meal program ahead of White House conference K-12 Dive
8/29/22 With pandemic help ending, should states continue to feed all students? The Christian Science Monitor
8/29/22 Maine continues free school meals even though federal program is ending NPR
8/25/22 As students go back to school, many face a lunch bill for the first time in 2 years NPR
8/24/22 Universal free lunch has ended: ‘Students can’t learn if they’re hungry’ Today
8/23/22 Survey examines K-12 parent attitudes about food Food Management
8/23/22 One state declined a simple tweak to its summer meals program. Thousands of kids paid the price. NBC News
8/23/22 Panel urges expanded free school meals ahead of hunger summit Roll Call
8/22/22 School lunch programs face series of challenges heading into school year KARE-11
8/20/22 School meal programs anticipate challenges ABC News
8/18/22 For 2 years, there was such a thing as a free lunch — at public schools. Not anymore.
8/17/22 Flavored milk is top source of added sugar in school meals, says report Food and Environmental Reporting Network
8/15/22 Schools consider options as food costs rise TIME
8/15/22 School nutrition pros offer ways to increase meal access K-12 Dive
8/14/22 Schools continue to report higher food prices The Wall Street Journal
8/12/22 California, Maine first to fund free school meals statewide Good Morning America
8/11/22 Universal school meal program to be on the ballot in Colorado KUSA-TV (Denver)
8/9/22 28 groups ask USDA to offer soy milk in schools The Hill
8/9/22 Efforts growing to help schools serve plant-based meals K-12 Dive
8/5/22 SNA report outlines challenges for next school year Food Management
8/5/22 Research: Free school meals benefit academics, behavior WOLO-TV (Columbia, SC)
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
8/1/22 Parents who apply for free or reduced meals could save as much as $1,500 a year Yahoo 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


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