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March 22, 2016

Farm-to-School Participation Is Up: Fast Facts About Serving Local Foods

More schools are participating in farm-to-school programs and serving local foods, but some barriers remain.

January 25, 2016

Closed for Snow, D.C. Schools Offer Free Meals to Students and Families

Closed for blizzard recovery, Washington, D.C., schools are offering free breakfasts and lunches to students and their families.

January 20, 2016

School Lunch Compromise Moves Forward in Congress

The Senate's agriculture committee advanced a bill that would ease nutrition rules for school meals. The compromise drew praise from some groups and concern from others that it doesn't go far enough.

January 15, 2016

A School Lunch Compromise? School Nutrition Association Reveals Details

The Senate agriculture committee is set to discuss the federal law that includes guidelines for the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. The School Nutrition Association says it will include a compromise on nutrition standards.

January 07, 2016

Federal Nutrition Standards Linked to Healthier School Lunches

When feds raised the standards on school nutrition, students' meals became healthier, according to a study of about 1.7 meals in one urban district.

October 26, 2015

USDA Sees 20 Percent Increase in Schools Offering Free Meals to All Students

The number of schools offering free meals to all students through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's community eligibility provision jumped 20 percent this year, the second year the option has been available nationwide.

September 08, 2015

School Lunch: Vilsack Responds to Criticisms of Nutrition Standards

As Congress contemplates reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack attempts to address some concerns about school meal programs.

September 03, 2015

Students in Cities More Likely to Eat School Meals Than Rural, Suburban Peers

Among eligible students, students in urban areas are most likely to eat free or reduced-price school meals, a study finds.

August 18, 2015

School Food Workers Need More Training, Resources, Survey Finds

Workers in school kitchens need more training in areas like basic cooking skills and new nutrition standards, a new survey found.

July 07, 2015

Three Ways the Feds Hope to Boost Participation in Summer Meal Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hopes to see 200 million meals served at participating summer meals sites this year, an increase of 13 million from last year's total.

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