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9/8/18 The 2018 USDA Food Insecurity Report is Bleak Fast Company
12/31/20 Summer Food Service Program; 2021 Reimbursement Rates Federal Register
7/16/21 USDA Publishes New Reimbursement Rates for SY2021-22 Federal Register
5/1/19 Study Shows Children More Likely To Face Hunger Than Overall Population Across America Feeding America via PR Newswire and Yahoo
10/25/20 Study: Participation in afterschool nutrition programs was rising before pandemic Fern's Ag Insider
6/17/22 Push to renew federal school meal waivers persists Food & Environment Reporting Network
1/17/19 Raising intuitive eaters Food & Nutrition blog
3/6/22 School Nutrition Association says go slow on nutrition overhaul Food and Environment Reporting Network
7/24/22 Another increase in USDA reimbursements for school meals Food and Environment Reporting Network
11/20/22 On social media, universal free school lunch is popular Food and Environment Reporting Network
8/17/22 Flavored milk is top source of added sugar in school meals, says report Food and Environmental Reporting Network
4/30/19 HHFKA had significant nutrition impact on school meals Food Management
4/30/19 Milk machine helps curb waste at elementary school Food Management
6/6/19 High school’s breakfast sales skyrocket with after-the-bell kiosks Food Management
6/16/19 District solves challenge of new hour-long lunch Food Management
6/25/19 Baby calf naming contest doubles school breakfast participation Food Management
7/9/19 District finds success with family-style meal service Food Management
8/22/19 Blender bikes spotlight K-12 district’s farm-to-table program Food Management
8/22/19 School’s produce tasting boosted by spirit of competition Food Management
1/27/20 Child nutrition advocates speak out about proposed USDA changes to school meals Food Management
2/4/20 Reimagining School Cafeterias with FoodCorps - Podcast Food Management
2/19/20 Food Research & Action Center School Breakfast Scorecard shows school breakfast participation up slightly overall, but flat among low-income students Food Management
2/25/20 Study finds healthiness of school meals improved with the implementation of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act regulations Food Management
5/11/20 School nutrition programs deal with deficits, shortfalls and an uncertain future Food Management
5/13/20 10 questions for onsite dining in the post-COVID world Food Management
5/20/20 The road ahead for onsite dining: Back to school for K-12 Food Management
6/13/20 5 coronavirus things: Child nutrition programs lost $1B in last 10 weeks Food Management
7/7/20 Study: Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act led to significant decline in childhood obesity among children living in poverty Food Management
7/27/20 Planning on lunch in the classroom? Directors say you’ll have to limit your menu Food Management
8/17/20 Fall K-12 menu options lean on individually wrapped grab and go Food Management
8/17/20 Planning on lunch in the classroom? Directors say you’ll have to limit your menu Food Management
8/26/20 USDA set to pull plug on school meal flexibilities at start of school year Food Management
9/1/20 USDA extends summer meal flexibilities to feed kids, eases burden on school districts Food Management
9/15/20 One On One With: Feeding K-12 students during the school year Food Management
9/23/20 Study estimates 1.15 billion school meals missed last spring Food Management
9/24/20 District trades breakfasts and lunches for grocery bags Food Management
10/6/20 One On One: School Nutrition Association’s president on turning foodservice heroes into advocates Food Management
10/25/20 Oakland Unified School District navigates school meal participation challenges Food Management
12/23/20 Stimulus bill includes funds to offset child nutrition program losses Food Management
12/23/20 Why a Minnesota school district kicked a la carte to the curb Food Management
1/4/21 California school district improves scratch-cooking program during pandemic Food Management
1/19/21 9 fun new K-12 school lunch menu items kids will devour Food Management
1/20/21 When demand for meal kits skyrocketed, one Maryland district rose to the occasion Food Management
2/12/21 Viewpoint: Helping school food crews find their “why” Food Management
3/3/21 Research highlights crucial role of school meals in children’s health Food Management
3/11/21 Report shows huge drop in school meal counts for country’s largest districts Food Management
3/17/21 New USDA data shows fewer meals served, $2B loss for school meal programs Food Management
3/9/21 USDA announces school meal waiver extension through summer as Secretary Vilsack addresses virtual SNA conference Food Management
3/26/21 Florida County Public Schools expands school meals to seven-day meal bundles Food Management
5/19/21 Kiosks, breakfast in classroom, 5-day meal packs keep Urbandale Schools foodservice program on track to feed kids Food Management


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