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School Meals

Bringing the Promise of Healthy School Meals to More Children This Fall

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Sec. Tom Vilsack

For many kids, the meals they get at school may be the only nutritious meals they receive that day -- and when children receive proper nourishment, they are not only healthier, but they also have better school attendance and perform better academically.

Deserving of Celebration: Public Education Done Right

Elaine Weiss | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Student poverty needn't be an "intractable" issue that we can't address, or that we must set aside while we "fix" public schools. Rather, our schools are microcosms of our increasingly diverse, but also increasingly unequal, country.

House Should Drop School Meal Waivers From Agriculture Spending Bill

Bob Greenstein | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

These waivers could do away with the new standards in vast numbers of school districts across the country. Many districts could qualify for a waiver simply by no longer reporting in their school food budget the district contributions that help support the food programs.

An Agenda for Fighting Hunger in Our Communities Year-Round

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

Hunger is a daily reality for millions of Americans, and has negative consequences for individuals of all ages. However, it is especially harmful for the development and well-being of children. Inadequate nutrition can permanently alter a child's development.

Michelle Obama Will Not Be Pleased About This Vote

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee has endorsed a Republican plan to allow some schools to opt out of healthier meal standards. The vote comes as ...

Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Future

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

A well-balanced breakfast offers an important nutritional foundation for a productive and healthy day, at any age. School breakfast fosters success in the classroom, and also plays a critical role in helping children develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.

You Can Help McGovern-Dole School Meals Campaign

William Lambers | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

McGovern teamed up with Dole to improve the U.S. national school meals programs, including summer feeding. They knew that the success of this nation, or any other, depends on healthy and educated children.

Dole Reminds Us How Dems-Reps Can Work Together Against Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

Congress needs to take action against hunger and do so in a bipartisan approach.

School Meals for Peace in Mali and Burkina Faso

William Lambers | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact
William Lambers

CRS is reaching around 80,000 children in Mali with this food. Children can count on a hot meal of rice, peas and vegetable oil every day at school. When your family is struggling for food, this is an absolute treasure.

The School Lunch That Saved Cincinnati

William Lambers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Ella Walsh, who taught at Cincinnati's Jackson School, saw children coming to class hungry. Times were tough. She knew they needed help. So Walsh and her assistants set up a lunchroom. The "penny lunch" program was started.

Marathon Champ Says School Meals Changed His Life

William Lambers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

How many great runners and stories of inspiration never come to be because of hunger and poverty? This is something Paul Tergat realizes and carries with him. He made it. A helping hand was there to give him food which became the foundation of his success.

How One Girl's Education Took Her to the Top of the World and Beyond

Christine Horansky | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Christine Horansky

At just 17 years of age, the young Nepali climber became the first United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) school meals recipient to reach the summit of the highest peak on Earth: Mount Everest in Nepal's soaring Himalayas.

The 25 Cent Solution That Can Help 20 Million Kids Solve Hunger

Hunter Biden | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Hunter Biden

Live Below the Line is a national campaign to help alleviate extreme poverty by challenging Americans to eat and drink for less than the global poverty line -- $1.50 a day -- as 1.4 billion people on our planet must do every day.

Fattest Country In The World: Are Schools To Blame For America's Obesity Epidemic?

Posted 02.05.2013 | Education

To borrow a line from Kermit the frog, it's not easy being green -- or, eating green. America is the fattest country in the world, and only ranks s...

Bob Marley Drink Sickens Students At New Jersey Schools

AP | Posted 02.03.2013 | Education

HOLMDEL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Officials have removed a drink named after reggae icon Bob Marley after several New Jersey students were sickened. Mar...

Talking Turkey on Junk Food in Schools

Monifa Bandele | Posted 01.22.2013 | Parents
Monifa Bandele

Lots of thought and effort go into the meals we serve at home and on holidays. And, there is an equally serious and intense conversation happening right now about the profound impact that school foods have on the health of our children.

What School Lunches Look Like Around The World

Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

School lunch has been a contentious issue this year, ever since First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack rolled out their new s...

Robotics Grad Remembers Childhood as a Refugee

Justin Smith | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Justin Smith

Chep Makur Chuot still remembers the first time he set foot inside the crowded school room at the Kakuma refugee camp Kenya. He was a frightened nine-year-old boy who had lost his father and his home to the conflict in South Sudan.

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.

Jon Stewart Takes On School Lunch Fight, Tells Kids: Eat Your Food!

Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

There's been quite a bit of tension since First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack rolled out their new school lunch initiative...

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.

Weight Problems Plague Students During School Hours

Posted 09.25.2012 | Education

Besides the obvious health problems associated with obesity -- such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes -- overweight children often fa...

Military Leaders: School Lunches, Vending Machines Threat To U.S. Fighting Force

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2012 | Education

* Obesity a top reason young adults can't join military -experts * Report: U.S. school kids eat 400 billion excess calories a year ...

School Meals Get a Makeover

Jeremy Everett | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeremy Everett

These and other changes are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. I applaud the federal government for taking this important step that allows schools to create and reinforce healthy eating habits.

Schools Using Cutting-Edge Market Research To Get Kids To Eat Healthy

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 10.20.2012 | Education

DENVER -- There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy opt...