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National School Lunch Program

Time to Put the National Interest Ahead of Ideology, Branding

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Wade Henderson, Esq.

Time is running out, but it's not too late for Republicans to choose to put common sense and governing ahead of branding and ideology. That's the only way we'll be able to move past the cliff and move forward as a nation, together.

Change My Mind: Should the Government Be Feeding Your Kids Lunch?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

2012-12-17-usalunch2.pngKids are rebelling at the healthy food they feel is being shoved at them on a government spoon. Is there any winning with the 31-million American kids who participate in the National School Lunch Program?

Report: Healthy Snacks Offered In Small Minority Of U.S. High Schools Despite Lunch Overhaul

Posted 11.02.2012 | Education

While the new nutritional guidelines imposed by the USDA this fall require a wider selection of fruits and vegetables in school meals, the same cannot...

Missouri School, Students Tout Nutritious Lunch Program

St. Joseph News-Press, Mo. | Alonzo Weston | Posted 12.31.2012 | Education

DEARBORN, Mo. -- The North Platte County R-I school district lunch room could be mistaken for any restaurant buffet. There's an all-you-can-eat, one-...

Pure Food, Pure Love

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.24.2012 | Home
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Happy Food Day! Today we might take a wakeful moment to give thanks to Mother Earth for nourishing us and our families over the centuries. It is a great day to consider what we put into our bodies and to take particular notice of the beautiful domino effect of supporting local food systems.

We Are Hungry, Too: The Fuss About Healthy School Food

Mike Curtin | Posted 12.17.2012 | DC
Mike Curtin

Giving children equitable access to good food and the tools to lead healthy lives isn't a threat to their freedom. But condemning them to obesity and disease at an early age truly is.

School Lunches: Yet Another Diet Mishap?

Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE

Please, America: Throw away the scales and stop focusing only on calories. Yes, calories are of extreme importance for weight management. But they are only of equal, or perhaps even lesser, significance than food quality.

New USDA Nutrition Guidelines Could Help Children Reclaim Their Childhoods

Elisa Batista | Posted 12.12.2012 | Parents
Elisa Batista

The subject of obesity shouldn't be taboo. We need to talk about its causes and what we can do as a society to address it because it is killing us.

Entrepreneurs, Pissed-Off Parents and the New Standards: An Opportunity for a School Food Revolution

Kathleen Rogers | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education
Kathleen Rogers

Over 50 million kids headed back to school in the United States this year with the promise of a healthier lunch menu, thanks to the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act."

Florida Schools Consider Installing Trash Cams To Monitor How Much Of Students' Lunches Get Thrown Out

Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

In an effort to monitor the effects of the new federal lunch policy changes, Lake County school leaders in Florida have proposed using surveys or inst...

Healthier School Meals Despite Agribiz Lobbying

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Back to school can be a time of adjustment. Just as students might need time to adjust to new teachers and subjects, the school lunch program might need time before it is fully accepted by students or financially successful.

GOP Bill Moves To Repeal USDA Calorie Limits On School Lunches

Posted 09.19.2012 | Education

As the new school year begins, fresh school lunch regulations are in effect to encourage healthy eating. But not everyone's pleased. While students fr...

What Students Will Be Eating Under New Lunch Guidelines

Posted 10.20.2012 | Education

New U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for school lunches are taking effect this fall, as part of a healthy school lunch initiative put forth i...

Parent: School Cafeteria Palm Scanner 'Mark Of The Beast'

Posted 08.19.2012 | Education

Moss Bluff Elementary School in Louisiana is looking to streamline lunch payments by implementing a palm vein scanner program, but some parents aren't...

Tea Party Candidate Takes Harsh Stance On School Lunch

Kansas City Star | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics

SEDALIA -- Missouri's two U.S. Senate candidates tangled Thursday over whether taxpayers should subsidize school lunches for more than 34 million stud...

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About School Lunch Regulations?

Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste

School lunches have been a hotly contested subject for a long time. With more and more attention on childhood obesity, all eyes are on the nutritional...

Cranberry Industry Braces For School Lunch Changes

Posted 06.26.2012 | Education

The cranberry industry is bracing for impact, as new nutrition standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture threaten to affect the status ...

No Holiday for Hunger

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We don't usually equate "summer vacation" and empty stomachs. Did you know child hunger and food insecurity often peak in the summer? An overwhelming majority of children who receive free meals at school aren't as lucky once school lets out.

FoodCorps Volunteers Teach Healthy Eating To At-Risk Young Kids (VIDEO)

Posted 01.06.2012 | Healthy Living

More than 17 percent of all children between the ages of two and 19 are clinically obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preven...

Top Six Food Politics Lessons Learned in 2011

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 02.26.2012 | Home
Nancy Huehnergarth

This hasn't been a banner year for improving America's food system, food environment or food policies. A look back demonstrates that not only have we failed to make any new progress in food and nutrition policy, but we actually appear to be moving backwards.

New York Schools Overspent $400,000 On Food

Posted 12.14.2011 | New York

A new audit conducted by City Comptroller John Liu reports New York City schools overspent more than $400,000 in food last year. Most of the oversp...

How The Food Industry Controls School Meals

Posted 02.04.2012 | Education

In a biting piece in The New York Times Sunday, investigative reporter Lucy Komisar offers an in-depth look at how the food industry -- and its comple...

Affluent Schools Sell Fancy School Lunches For Profit

The Bay Citizen | Posted 06.08.2011 | Education

Children spilled into the courtyard of Havens Elementary School in Piedmont one recent day as a cluster of mom-volunteers sorted through box lunches o...

Unpaid Lunch Bills Spell Financial Burden For Nation's Schools

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

With the recession bearing down on American families, the rates of unpaid school lunch bills have skyrocketed across the country. In public school ...

162 School Lunches: Would You Eat Them? One Teacher Did, And Blogged About It

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

On January 2010, Mrs. Q, began a daunting task. An elementary teacher using "Mrs. Q" as a pen name to preserve her anonymity, decided to eat school lu...