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5/5/23 Unpaid meal debt totaled $19 million this school year NewsNation
5/3/23 Schools ended universal free lunch. Now meal debt is soaring NPR
5/2/23 New York set to spend $134M to expand access to free school meals K-12 Dive
4/28/23 North Dakota lawmakers pass free school lunch funding after all In Forum (Fargo, ND)
4/25/23 Are lunch periods too short? Some states want to give kids more time to eat Education Week
4/24/23 A plastic-free school lunch movement is spreading across the country KCCI News (Des Moines)
4/23/23 Teacher raises more than $40,000 to cancel all student meal debt at his school WJLA (Virginia)
4/23/23 A pandemic experiment in universal free school meals gains traction in the states Colorado Newsline
4/21/23 A pandemic experiment in universal free school meals gains traction in the states Missouri Independent
4/18/23 Students are struggling with school lunch debt Prism Reports
4/16/23 Schools, families feel the pinch after end of federal free meal program PBS
4/16/23 Mandatory plant-based milk in schools? Here's why a Louisiana congressman is proposing it. The Advocate
4/13/23 Universal school meal legislation stalls in some states K-12 Dive
4/10/23 Colorado school districts prepare to provide free meals to students next year KOAA News 5 Southern Colorado
4/7/23 Everyone’s got an opinion on proposed USDA nutrition standards for schools — especially the students Marketplace
4/5/23 Milk companies commit to reducing sugar in school milk FoodService Director
4/4/23 USDA extends comment period for proposed changes to school nutrition standards K-12 Dive
3/31/23 Meal debt is soaring after universal free lunch ended. How are Midwest states responding? St. Louis Public Rado
3/31/23 There's no such thing as a free lunch. Vermont schools say there should be for kids NPR
3/30/23 States are looking for ways to make free school meals permanent NPR
3/29/23 USDA proposes rules to expand access to free school lunches Marketplace
3/29/23 Oregon moves toward offering universal school meals Oregon Capital Chronicle
3/29/23 School Nutrition Association calls on USDA to halt further restrictions on school meals FoodService Director
3/28/23 Food for thought: Free meals for all New Mexico students AP News
3/28/23 Lunchables are coming to school cafeteria menus. We unwrap the reasons why Education Week
3/27/23 Bill bringing New Mexico students healthy lunches awaits signature KRQE News
3/27/23 By one vote, North Dakota Senate rejects free school lunches for low-income kids Grand Forks Herald
3/23/23 New USDA investments aim to bolster school nutrition Farm Progress
3/22/23 A new federal plan could make free school meals a reality for more students Education Week
3/17/23 Governor Walz signs free school meals bill for Minnesota students KARE 11
3/16/23 Lunchables in school cafeterias have child nutrition experts concerned The Washington Post
3/16/23 Proposal for universal meals moving forward in NY Spectrum News
3/14/23 Minnesota Senate passes bill for universal school breakfast and lunch Star Tribune
3/14/23 School supper program provides after-school nutrition Food Management
3/11/23 ‘It’s hard to focus’: Schools say American kids are hungry AP News
3/11/23 Debts for unpaid school meals are rising as families are left scrambling Insider
3/10/23 President’s budget proposal looks to expand CEP to 9 million more kids Food Management
3/10/23 School lunch participation leapt 51% during 2021-22 K-12 Dive
3/8/23 Federal bill would permanently increase school meal reimbursement rates FoodService Director
3/7/23 What’s next for school nutrition: 4 takeaways from SNA’s Legislative Action Conference FoodService Director
3/4/23 The broken business of feeding America’s schoolchildren NBC News
2/28/23 As a school district racks up $53K in meal debt, nutrition director believes there's only one solution FoodService Director
2/27/23 Turning K-12 'cafeterias into classrooms' to address food waste Public News Service
2/26/23 Schools mired with debt after school meals federal funds end NBC News
2/24/23 USDA releases new state guidance on Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer plans for summer 2023 National Association of Counties
2/23/23 Iowa could ban margarine from school meals Iowa Capital Dispatch
2/22/23 Most Colorado districts opts into universal meal program Chalkbeat Colorado
2/21/23 Iowa introduces universal free meals bill, while North Dakota and Oklahoma bills stop short of offering free school meals for all FoodService Director
2/19/23 'I was blown away': Teacher's viral video on student lunch debt prompts $30K in donations USA Today
2/17/23 Universal school meals improve attendance for youngest students K-12 Dive

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