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1/4/21 California school district improves scratch-cooking program during pandemic Food Management
1/7/21 To Balance Budget, Districts Offer Meals For All Families Regardless of Income The Independent News
1/15/21 As Demand for Food Grows Under Coronavirus, Schools Step Up Education Week
1/15/21 In Houston, School Meals Are About Expanding Equity and Improving Climate Education Week
1/15/21 Creating a Menu of Healthy School Meals, While Seeking Student Input Education Week
1/19/21 Why Billions In Food Aid Hasn't Gotten To Needy Families MPR News
1/19/21 Meeting the need: Schools find ways to serve up meals for kids amid the pandemic Philadelphia Inquirer
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
1/21/21 5 Steps Schools Are Taking to Help Feed Children During the Pandemic Bismarck Tribune
1/22/21 School Nutrition Association calls for universal free meals for students 'as an intergal part of education' Food Navigator-USA
1/22/21 SNA Releases 2021 Position Paper School Nutrition Association
1/22/21 Biden Signs Executive Order to Boost Food Benefits for Children Missing School Meals Education Week
1/25/21 Minnesota middle school awarded $10,000 grant for new breakfast program CCX Media
1/26/21 Here's what happened when COVID-19 forced a school's entire cafeteria staff into quarantine Canton Rep
1/26/21 Crowded cafeterias a thing of the past during the pandemic Shelby Star
1/26/21 The Pandemic Reveals Racial Gaps in School Meal Access Civil Eats
2/1/21 COVID-19’s toll on school nutrition programs School Business Affairs
2/4/21 All North Dakota K-12 public school students could get free meals for two years under bill Inforum
2/8/21 FRAC says free school breakfast is crucial to addressing hunger, academic performance The Fern
2/8/21 Schools plan for potential of remote learning into the fall AP News
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
2/12/21 Viewpoint: Helping school food crews find their “why” Food Management
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
2/15/21 Universal school meals are the best response to food insecurity Brattleboro Reformer
2/16/21 School districts face staff shortages with return to full time Idaho Press
2/18/21 No evidence coronavirus spreads through food or food packaging: FDA Healthy Day
2/18/21 Is lunchtime the ‘weak link’ in school reopening plans? Education Week
2/19/21 Timing of food stamps can affect students’ test scores, study finds Education Week
2/23/21 No child left hungry: Holmen nutrition leader pushes for permanent free school lunch
2/25/21 Santa Ana Unified to offer free weekend meals for children Orange County Register
2/26/21 Stanly County Schools to provide meal bundles during Spring Break Stanly News and Press
3/3/21 Healthy Meals at No Charge Serveddigizine
3/3/21 Research highlights crucial role of school meals in children’s health Food Management
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
3/4/21 Metro area school districts launch pilot program to target food insecurity, waste KVRR
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
3/9/21 USDA announces school meal waiver extension through summer as Secretary Vilsack addresses virtual SNA conference Food Management
3/9/21 USDA Extends Free Meals to Children through Summer 2021 Due to Pandemic USDA
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
3/13/21 Iowa School District announces no-cost meal sites during Spring Break News KWWL
3/16/21 Local officials, parents fight to keep cost-free meals coming for kids WRDW
3/17/21 New USDA data shows fewer meals served, $2B loss for school meal programs Food Management
3/18/21 School lunch leaders want free meals for all students Rochester Post Bulletin
3/26/21 Florida County Public Schools expands school meals to seven-day meal bundles Food Management
3/30/21 Reinventing School Lunch NBCConnecticut
3/31/21 Solving the Carry Out Dilemma of COVID-19 School Nutrition Association
4/1/21 US hunger crisis persists, especially for kids, older adults AP News


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