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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.

August 07, 2014

Report Examines Matching Free-Meal Eligibility to Geographic Cost Differences

Would it be better to adjust eligibility for free and reduced-price meals to account for geographic differences in cost of living?

July 29, 2014

A Loophole Big Enough for an Ice Cream Truck in the New Snacks Rules

Some states are making a statement about new federal nutrition rules for school snacks by exempting large numbers of fundraisers from the standards.

July 23, 2014

Five Takeaways From Congress' Latest Hearing on School Lunch Rules

Like all discussions about school food lately, the latest Congressional hearing on child nutrition reauthorization focused on whether schools have struggled to meet new federal nutrition rules.

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