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National School Lunch Program

Adults, Including Congress, Also Need to Make the Right Choices

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Parents count of schools to "do right" by our children and to ensure that, just as kids learn reading and math skills that lay the foundation for later learning and success, healthy eating is taught and modeled throughout the school day as well. This is important for all kids, but especially for low-income children.

School Official Shames Teen, Throws Lunch In Trash. Mom Saves The Day

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact

What happened to Dominic Gant in the lunchroom of his Dowagiac, Mich., high school was unacceptable, if you ask his mother. Gant's lunch was taken ...

School District Dumps Federal Lunch Program Because It Wants To Keep Its Pizza

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.09.2014 | Taste

The board of a suburban Chicago school district voted unanimously on Thursday to drop out of the National School Lunch Program because it claims being...

The Heroism of Fostering a Healthier Next Generation

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 07.06.2014 | Education
Kevin W. Concannon

Our children deserve the best we have to offer, and I commend school nutrition employees and school nurses for giving students their best each day. They may not wear super hero capes, but they are undoubtedly real, authentic heroes.

Lunch 4 Learning NYC

Alison Cayne | Posted 06.07.2014 | Food
Alison Cayne

Universal free and healthy lunch will eliminate the poverty stigma, helping kids to opt for the school lunch rather than foregoing the meal entirely or eating processed unhealthy snack foods as they do now.

Chicken From China? Your Seafood Is Already Being Processed There

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 05.03.2014 | Food
Nancy Huehnergarth

One frequent refrain we've heard is that no U.S. company will ever ship chicken to China for processing because it doesn't make economic sense. Well guess what? It clearly does make economic sense because this process is already being used for U.S. seafood.

The Hungry Child

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Hunger and malnutrition have devastating consequences for children. Federal nutrition programs continue to be a critical support to ensure children's daily nutritional needs are met: they put food on children's plates, help build healthy minds and bodies, and help lift families out of poverty.

Delicious and Healthy School Meals Around the U.S. (PHOTOS)

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Schools across the country have been working hard to implement updated nutrition guidelines for school meals. There are challenges, but schools' efforts are paying off. If you don't think school meals can be healthy and appealing, take a look at these school lunches.

Trend Spotting at School Lunch: 6 Satisfying Proteins on Student Trays

Dayle Hayes, MS, RD | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

Like trend-conscious restaurateurs, school nutrition professionals know that their customers want the same things they see on TV food shows with celebrity chefs.

Kale Chips for 8,000 and Other Farm-to-school Successes by the Numbers

Dayle Hayes, MS, RD | Posted 12.14.2013 | Green
Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

Despite the demands, thousands of directors across the U.S. have stepped up to the plate -- or lunch tray -- to do what Tyler, Dan and Ed do in their districts. Why? So students can have the freshest, best tasting, most nutritious meals possible and be fit, well-nourished and ready to succeed.

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.

GROSS: Plastic Found In Recalled School Lunch Meat

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business

More than 58,000 pounds of beef intended for school lunches is being recalled after the U.S. Department of Agriculture discovered the meat may contain...

What's the Real School Lunch News? 31+ Million American Children Get More Vegetables Every Day

Dayle Hayes, MS, RD | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

Where have these school lunch critics been? Clearly not dining in the districts that are featuring produce from schools gardens -- and school farms.

Missiles and Machismo

Martha Burk | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

The real threat to our national security is economic, not military. Nobody knows what a "limited strike" would cost, but General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says it will run in the billions. Here's what the money could buy instead.

Maryland Children In Poverty Won't Go Hungry This Summer

The Baltimore Sun | YVONNE WENGER | Posted 07.02.2013 | DC

Children in poor Baltimore neighborhoods can get free meals this summer through an extension of the National School Lunch Program, city officials said...

Bill Would Expand Free School Lunch To Weekends, Holidays

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Low-income children could get free lunches on weekends and holidays instead of only on school days under a bill introduced this week by ...

Artificially Sweetened Chocolate Milk in Schools: Why I'm Concerned

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 04.28.2013 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Given that the dairy industry is also asking for changes with respect to seventeen other products, one wonders if it's not using the appealing image of "school children drinking wholesome, lower calorie milk" as a Trojan horse to quietly overhaul the labeling of the entire dairy aisle.

John Celock

Republicans In Two State Legislatures Vote Against Subsidized Lunch And Milk Programs

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

Republicans in the North Dakota and Vermont state Legislatures on Tuesday voted against subsidizing lunch or milk for school children. The North Da...

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 | Food
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.