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July 26, 2017

Millions of Students Miss Out on School Meals During Summer

During the school year, 22 million students rely on free and reduced-price lunches, but only 4 million get summer meals. An Omaha, Neb., food truck program is helping to bridge the gap in that community.

June 15, 2017

Many Kids Who Eat Free School Lunches Have Few Options When School's Out

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?

June 06, 2017

Yes, You Can Text This Number to Find Free Summer Meals for Hungry Kids

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

Would School 'Lunch Shaming' End Under Federal Bill?

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

Trump Administration Loosens School Lunch Nutrition Standards

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

USDA Set to Relax School Lunch Nutrition Rules

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

How Should Schools Handle Unpaid Lunch Debts?

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

Fact Check: DeVos Doesn't Control Who Gets a 'Free Lunch'

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

To Encourage Healthy Eating, Give Students More Options, Survey Says

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

Proposed Block Grants for School Meals Trouble Child-Nutrition Groups

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.

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