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2/28/22 Elementary school launches free dinner program WLTX
8/25/21 Elementary schools move lunch outdoors Evanston Now
10/26/22 End of nationwide federal free lunch program has some states scrambling NPR
4/30/20 Endless Summer Puts Homebound Kids at Risk for Weight Gain New York Times
5/17/22 Equity in the lunchroom: Minnesota coalition pushes to keep school meals free for all students once federal aid expires KARE 11
8/17/20 Fall K-12 menu options lean on individually wrapped grab and go Food Management
6/27/22 Families brace for changes to pandemic-era free school meals The Associated Press
3/15/22 Families brace for possible end of universal free school meals ABC News
9/12/22 Families scramble for aid as pandemic-era free meal program for students comes to an end PBS
7/7/22 Families worried about school lunch prices as inflation soars KRMG
10/18/19 Farm to table comes to elementary school KOTA-TV
9/23/21 Federal bill could expand free school meal access Education Week
10/18/22 Federal pilot program providing free school lunches for more kids West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.)
11/23/21 Federal program buys daily lunch for school district Explore Big Sky
2/1/22 Federal proposal includes school lunch study KNDO-TV/KNDU-TV (Yakima, Wash.)
3/7/22 Federal school meal waiver extension in limbo MSN/CNN
11/26/22 Feeding students: School districts, organizations push for state funding for universal meals The Daily Gazette (New York)
6/12/18 Female teens, young women get less exercise than male counterparts NPR
11/29/21 Fewer free meal sign-ups affect district's funding KSNF-TV
3/9/22 Finger-pointing ensues after Congress fails to extend universal school meals Politico
8/17/22 Flavored milk is top source of added sugar in school meals, says report Food and Environmental Reporting Network
3/26/21 Florida County Public Schools expands school meals to seven-day meal bundles Food Management
5/19/21 FM On Demand: Catching up with SNA’s vice president on the possibility of universal free meals Food Mangement
6/29/21 FNS Publishes Study on School Nutrition and Meal Cost USDA Food and Nutrition Service
2/22/20 Food Fight: How 2 Trump Proposals Could Bite Into School Lunch NPR
3/12/19 Food for thought: At-risk kids should be eating school breakfasts Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
6/25/20 Food Inequality Crisis Deepens in U.S. Under Pandemic’s Pressure Bloomberg
9/7/22 Food insecurity for families with children reached two-decade low in 2021 The New York Times
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
3/23/20 Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide Serious Eats
8/18/22 For 2 years, there was such a thing as a free lunch — at public schools. Not anymore. Marketplace.org
6/7/22 For millions of students, a school lunch crisis might be impending Bon Appetit
9/3/22 For some families, going back to school means going back to lunchroom debt Star Tribune
1/14/22 Former NFL lineman now cooks at his kids' school cafeteria The Washington Post
2/15/20 FRAC report finds 12.4M students received free and reduced-price breakfasts last year Education Dive
2/9/21 FRAC Report Underscores School Breakfast Participation Critical to Combatting Childhood Hunger, Learning Loss Caused by COVID-19 Food Research and Action Center
2/8/21 FRAC says free school breakfast is crucial to addressing hunger, academic performance The Fern
3/4/19 Free meal program increases productivity and attendance Huntington (WV) Herald Dispatch
3/7/21 Free meal programs in RCAS see increased participation KOTA TV
8/16/21 Free meals affect students' idea of school Chalkbeat/New York
2/9/22 Free meals boost participation in district Los Altos Town Crier
4/19/22 Free school lunches ending, applications needed for next year Wyoming News Now
6/18/22 Free school lunches for all set to end, creating ‘perfect storm’ amid high inflation MSN
3/31/22 Free school meal program, set to expire, would be restored under Senate bill NBC News
3/5/22 Free school meals for all? Colorado lawmakers want to make that a reality The Denver Post
8/1/22 Free school meals helped families during the pandemic. This fall, those lunches won’t return. The 19th
6/7/21 Free summer food for rural families delivered to their door Kenosha News
11/11/22 From lineman to 'lunch man,' former NFL player inspires youth as school cook USA Today
4/21/21 General Mills celebrates Trayblazers General Mills
9/13/18 Good breakfast equals good grades Voice of America

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