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December 10, 2014

Spending Bill Stops Short of Creating Full Waivers From School Nutrition Rules

The proposed omnibus appropriations bill would allow for wiggle room on a few heightened nutrition standards for school meals.

December 08, 2014

Nutrition Advocate Leaves White House as School Lunch Battle Gets Reheated

Let's Move director and school lunch regulations advocate Sam Kass is leaving and Congress considers restricting the rules' application through language in a budget deal.

December 04, 2014

Schools Use Creative Approaches to Serve Local Foods (And to Get Kids to Eat Them)

Here's a peek at some strategies schools are using to buy, prepare, and serve locally grown foods through farm-to-school programs.

November 11, 2014

School Lunches Lower in Fat, Sugar, and Iron Than Packed Lunches, Study Finds

To reach their conclusions, researchers from Virginia Tech University's Family Nutrition Program observed meals in three rural Virginia elementary schools over a five-day period, tabulating ingredients on a checklist.

November 05, 2014

USDA Wants to Know How Schools Handle Unpaid Meal Balances

Should schools feed students even if they have a growing negative balance in their meal accounts? Should there be a national policy on handling this sensitive issue?

October 20, 2014

Smart Snacks in School: Oklahoma Takes the Lead in Fundraising Exemptions

Oklahoma's state board of education voted to exempt 30, 14-day fundraisers per semester from new federal nutrition rules, rendering the rules virtually irrelevant.

September 10, 2014

Congressman Calls Federal School 'Bake Sale' Rules 'Abuse of Government Power'

New "Smart Snacks in Schools" rules limit sales of unhealthy foods in school fundraisers, prompting U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, to complain about "the federal government food police."

September 09, 2014

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Criticizes 'Meatless Monday' School Meals

The official, who oversees the agency in charge of the Lone Star State's school-meal programs, called vegetarian lunches in some districts "an activist movement" in a recent editorial.

August 28, 2014

Nutrition, Competitive Foods Rules Among Top Concerns for School Food Directors

The School Nutrition Association's annual survey also found many schools are trying healthy eating initiatives, like school gardens and nutrition education.

August 19, 2014

Members of Congress: Coming Soon to a School Cafeteria Near You (Maybe)

Advocates on all sides of the debates surrounding the federal school meals programs have invited members of Congress to come and see for themselves how those programs are working out.

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