After years of growth, the number of children who eat federally subsidized free summer meals has declined, a new report finds. How does your state stack up?
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June 15, 2017
June 06, 2017
A quick text message can help families locate nearby federally supported summer-meals sites, which are designed to meet the nutritional needs of children who rely on school lunches and breakfasts during the school year.
May 10, 2017
Federal lawmakers have proposed a ban on practices known as "lunch shaming," which single out students with unpaid school meal debts. Some say the measure doesn't do enough to address the problem.
May 01, 2017
The USDA relaxed nutrition standards for school lunches Monday. The changes fall short of the aggressive scale-back that some conservative members of congress have pushed for in recent years.
April 28, 2017
The USDA plans to unveil a new school meal rule that will likely address concerns from critics who say that current regulations are overly restrictive and costly to implement.
April 18, 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon require schools to set clear, consistent policies about how they address unpaid school lunch bills, which have long been a sticky issue for schools. The problem saw renewed interest recently after New Mexico banned "lunch shaming."
February 24, 2017
Critics of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are seizing on a comment she made at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week that she is "perhaps the first person to tell Bernie Sanders to his face that there's no such thing as a free lunch." And some are spreading some misinformation in the process.
October 11, 2016
Respondents to a national survey of school nutrition workers said salad bars, which give students choice and customization options, were among the most effective ways to boost produce consumption in schools.
July 06, 2016
Child nutrition advocates say a plan to fund school meals in three states with block grants would weaken federal nutrition programs and limit schools' ability to meet students' needs.
May 19, 2016
A bill approved by a House committee Wednesday would heighten restrictions for participation in community eligibility, a provision that allows high-poverty schools to serve free meals to all students.