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6/2/21 NYC schools served 96 million fewer meals to children amid the pandemic, new data show Chalkbeat
6/2/21 Public Schools adds delivery to summer meal program
6/1/21 The Pandemic Brought Universal Free School Meals. Will They Stay? Education Week
6/1/21 Senator’s visit highlights school meals funding Mankato Free Press
6/1/21 New USDA Data Shows Impact of First Full Year of Pandemic on School Nutrition School Nutrition Association
5/29/21 Tech on Deck School Nutrition Magazine
5/26/21 Democratic lawmakers aim to make Biden's summer food program for kids permanent NBCNews
5/19/21 FM On Demand: Catching up with SNA’s vice president on the possibility of universal free meals Food Mangement
5/19/21 Kiosks, breakfast in classroom, 5-day meal packs keep Urbandale Schools foodservice program on track to feed kids Food Management
5/15/21 Ask Amy: “Lunch Ladies” serve extra portions of kindness Denver Post
5/13/21 Lawmaker wants schools to send unused food home with students WCIA
5/12/21 Sen. Gillibrand Says Universal School Meals Program Helps Families And Farmers Alike
5/9/21 Universal Free Lunch Program could create funding conundrum for local school district Vail Daily
5/8/21 School District Lunch Ladies Make Hilarious Dancing Videos KSLTV
4/28/21 Biden Pitches Plan to Expand Universal Pre-K, Free School Meal Programs, Teacher Training EdWeek
4/28/21 4 ways Biden’s American Families Plan would matter for schools and children Chalkbeat
4/27/21 Schools see increase in breakfast meals served, credits nationwide COVID-19 waivers
4/25/21 Thanks to the feds, all students will eat for free again next school year VTDigger
4/22/21 14-year study shows school lunches among highest-quality meals in US Good Morning America
4/21/21 General Mills celebrates Trayblazers General Mills
4/20/21 SNA Applauds USDA Waiver Announcement School Nutrition Association
4/20/21 USDA Extends School Meal Waivers: Good News for Students, Families, Schools No Kid Hungry
4/20/21 USDA Issues Pandemic Flexibilities for Schools and Day Care Facilities through June 2022 USDA
4/20/21 USDA extends universal free lunch through next school year, bringing relief to millions of food-insecure families Washington Post
4/20/21 Biden administration extends universal free school lunch through 2022 The Hill
4/19/21 Bipartisan bill proposes expansion of summer meal program
4/19/21 Questions and Answers Regarding Child Nutrition Program Oversight, Administration, and Reporting During COVID-19 USDA
4/14/21 Nationwide Waiver of Community Eligibility Provision Deadlines in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs USDA
4/14/21 California District Sees Fewer Families In Drive-Thru Lunch Program KPIX
4/13/21 Massachusetts State Lawmakers Want To Offer Free School Meals Permanently WBZ News Radio
4/13/21 Colorado Districts work hard to continue safely feeding students for free Post Independent
4/13/21 Children's healthiest meals of the day come from school cafeterias CNN
4/8/21 Elementary School holds lunch in classes
4/8/21 California moving to pioneer free meals for all students EdSource
4/7/21 Minnesota Foodservice Director Honored for Work Morrison County Record
4/1/21 US hunger crisis persists, especially for kids, older adults AP News
3/31/21 Solving the Carry Out Dilemma of COVID-19 School Nutrition Association
3/30/21 Reinventing School Lunch NBCConnecticut
3/26/21 Florida County Public Schools expands school meals to seven-day meal bundles Food Management
3/18/21 School lunch leaders want free meals for all students Rochester Post Bulletin
3/17/21 New USDA data shows fewer meals served, $2B loss for school meal programs Food Management
3/16/21 Local officials, parents fight to keep cost-free meals coming for kids WRDW
3/13/21 Iowa School District announces no-cost meal sites during Spring Break News KWWL
3/11/21 Iowa district nutrition director petitions Congress for school lunch reform KTTC
3/11/21 Report shows huge drop in school meal counts for country’s largest districts Food Management
3/9/21 USDA Extends Free Meals to Children through Summer 2021 Due to Pandemic USDA
3/9/21 USDA announces school meal waiver extension through summer as Secretary Vilsack addresses virtual SNA conference Food Management
3/7/21 Free meal programs in RCAS see increased participation KOTA TV
3/7/21 As break begins, Duval County Public Schools gives food to students who depend on in-school meals News4JAX
3/4/21 School Meals Have Been Free To All Students During The Pandemic. Some Want To See That Continue Past COVID-19 Wisconsin Public Radio


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“You’ve all been amazing this week. Thank you for your hard work and time in serving summer meals. To see all the youth going ham on the food is AMAZING!”
Christa DeBoer, Nutrition Program Director : Youthprise