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June 16, 2015

School Lunches in Spotlight as Vilsack Gets Grilled by Congressional Committee

The conversation touched on a variety of issues, including controversial nutrition standards the USDA set for school meals as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

December 21, 2014

Would You Eat These School Lunches?

What does your child's school lunch look like? It's about time we should be saying, "Houston...we have a problem."

August 26, 2014

USDA Awards Loans for Rural Broadband

The loan money will be used to improve broadband access in rural communities in three states.

July 21, 2014

Pilot Will Make it Easier for Schools to Buy Locally Grown Foods

The project was authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill.

June 16, 2014

GAO: USDA Should Improve Income Verification of Meal Recipients

The federal oversight agency recommended some efforts to improve eligibility verification in a report released Monday.

April 10, 2014

Most Schools Are Meeting Drinking-Water Mandate, Finds Study

Most schools are meeting a USDA mandate that requires increased access to drinking water at schools, though water consumption is still low, according to a new study.

February 25, 2014

Proposed Federal Rules Target Junk-Food Marketing in Schools

First lady Michelle Obama, in a White House conference with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, unveiled proposed new rules that aim to shield students from junk-food advertising during the school day.

February 04, 2014

Congress Approves Farm Bill

The nearly $1 trillion bill includes several school nutrition pilot and grant programs.

February 04, 2014

U.S.D.A. Proposes New Professional Standards for School Nutrition Workers

The rules set hiring and ongoing education requirements for employees who manage and operate National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

January 03, 2014

USDA Permanently Relaxes School Lunch Rules on Meat, Grain Serving Limits

The serving rules, now eased, were a frequent target of complaints from both congress members and cafeteria workers.

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