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10/18/19 Farm to table comes to elementary school KOTA-TV
7/25/23 Federal bill aims to increase local produce in school meals FoodService Director
6/27/23 Federal bill aims to increase summer meal access FoodService Director
9/23/21 Federal bill could expand free school meal access Education Week
7/18/23 Federal bill doubles down on buying American for school meals FoodService Director
8/1/23 Federal bill seeks to better training for school nutrition professionals FoodService Director
11/14/23 Federal bill would expand USDA farm-to-school program FoodService Director
3/8/23 Federal bill would permanently increase school meal reimbursement rates FoodService Director
1/31/23 Federal bill would require food allergy training for school nutrition workers FoodService Director
5/9/23 Federal bills push for more free meals at school FoodService Director
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)
7/11/23 Feeding thousands of kids a day during the summer takes a lot of work. For many, it's crucial Georgia Public Broadcasting
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
5/23/23 Fewer students are getting free summer meals after pandemic waivers' end Education Week
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
12/7/22 Food businesses unite to help tackle school meal debt this holiday season FoodService Director
6/13/23 Food companies sell more heat-and-serve options to fill gaps in short-staffed kitchens Star Tribune
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
3/28/23 Food for thought: Free meals for all New Mexico students AP News
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
10/27/23 Food insecurity increased as pandemic-era meal waivers ended K-12 Dive
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.
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
9/28/23 Free meals for all students is best way to combat hunger, report concludes Education Week
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
6/14/23 Free school meals bill becomes Vermont law without governor’s signature VT Digger


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