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1/22/21 SNA Releases 2021 Position Paper School Nutrition Association
3/31/21 Solving the Carry Out Dilemma of COVID-19 School Nutrition Association
7/28/20 School Nutrition Foundation Help Feed School Kids Now COVID-19 Summer Feeding Grant Application School Nutrition Foundation
10/19/20 Stretching your budget with USDA Foods School Nutrition Magazine
10/19/20 Please, take the meals. Tips for explaining the complexities of school nutrition funding to parents. School Nutrition Magazine
4/16/19 Nourishing help: Schools help food-insecure students
3/23/20 Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide Serious Eats
3/3/21 Healthy Meals at No Charge Serveddigizine
1/26/21 Crowded cafeterias a thing of the past during the pandemic Shelby Star
9/3/19 How St. Cloud schools plan to go 'zero waste' in the lunchroom St. Cloud Times
7/18/19 Can Ramen, Fish Nuggets And Flavor Stations Teach Kids To Love School Lunch? St. Louis Public Radio
2/26/21 Stanly County Schools to provide meal bundles during Spring Break Stanly News and Press
1/15/19 Minnesota lawmakers grapple with filling gaps during shutdown Star Tribune
4/5/19 'Second Chance Breakfast' gives students a boost Star Tribune
5/24/19 Schools can't bar students from graduation exercises over unpaid lunch debt, Minnesota AG says Star Tribune
8/1/19 500,000 children would lose free school meals under Trump plan Star Tribune
8/12/19 Minnesota seeks applicants for farm-to-school and farm-to-childcare grants Star Tribune
11/18/19 Let the kids eat their free lunches while we sort this problem out Star Tribune
11/18/19 School lunch shouldn't come with a side of shame Star Tribune
3/13/20 Minnesota schools advised to stay in session Star Tribune
5/7/20 'We don't know how it will end': Hunger stalks amid virus Star Tribune
11/5/20 School meal programs require new calculations in the pandemic Star Tribune
12/3/20 A mindfulness expert's tips for helping kids find calm Star Tribune
1/17/19 Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet. The Associated Press
9/21/18 Why Chicago chefs like Matthias Merges are working to make food education as important as reading and math The Chicago Tribune
9/6/20 Commentary: We need healthy school lunches in the era of COVID-19 The Chicago Tribune
6/30/20 School lunch as we know it is over. But for school nutrition directors, the lessons keep coming. The Counter
2/12/21 The pandemic has made school lunch free for all public school students. Advocates are hoping to make the change permanent. The Counter
11/27/18 College of Public Health builds healthy eating habits in rural schools The Daily Iowan
12/20/20 California district gives out nearly 35,000 meals to students for winter break The Daily Press
6/11/18 Gourmet on a budget: Chefs throw down their best $1.25 school lunch ideas The Day (New London, CT)
2/8/21 FRAC says free school breakfast is crucial to addressing hunger, academic performance The Fern
3/5/19 How a federal free meal program affected school poverty stats The Hechinger Report
8/25/20 Restorative circles, online wellness rooms and grief training: How schools are preparing for the Covid mental health crisis The Hechinger Report
12/7/20 Coronavirus means school food is free across the U.S. What if it stayed that way? The Hechinger Report
12/17/18 ‘Flexibility’ in school meal standards could imperil child health The Hill
8/28/19 Trump administration argues states have no say in healthy school lunch requirements rollback The Hill
8/31/19 We're the wealthiest country — our kids shouldn't go to school hungry The Hill
10/2/19 Children are counting on Congress to save their school meal programs The Hill
10/24/19 Our hidden infrastructure crisis: School cafeterias The Hill
1/30/20 US government basically declares war on millions of school children The Hill
2/17/20 Booker, Cornyn introduce bill to fund school nutrition programs The Hill
1/7/21 To Balance Budget, Districts Offer Meals For All Families Regardless of Income The Independent News
5/22/19 Pennsylvania schools get funding to expand school breakfast The Meadville Tribune
8/31/19 As school starts, officials encourage healthy eating habits The Mercury
3/4/19 Schools roll out mobile breakfasts for teens The Mountaineer
8/23/18 Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still in Class The New York Times
8/23/18 How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success The New York Times
8/23/18 A Before-School Exercise Program May Help Children Thrive The New York Times
4/4/19 Trump Administration Sued Over Rollback of School Lunch Standards The New York Times


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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