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Michelle Obama Fights GOP On School Lunch Rules

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet. She's...

Michelle Obama Pledges To 'Fight Until The Bitter End' For Lunch Standards

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Thursday turned her annual garden harvest into a showcase for healthier school lunch standards and pledged to "f...

Cafeteria Worker Throws Out Student's Lunch Because He Owes 26 Cents

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.12.2014 | Parents

A father is outraged after a cafeteria worker threw out his son's lunch. The school district has since apologized for the incident. According to ...

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.

Who Is Really Behind the Assault on School Nutrition Standards?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Why won't SNA leaders and House Republicans stand up for our children's health instead of trying to dismantle nutrition standards that are improving their lives?

Let's Not Give up on Our Kids!

Karen Showalter | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Karen Showalter

This means kids in schools should have the opportunity to make healthy food choices. They should not be faced with a wall of high-fat, high-sodium junk every. Single. Day.

New Bill Would Allow Schools To Get Out Of Serving Healthy Lunches

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are proposing to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs if they are losing mo...

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...

What Your Average School Lunch Looks Like

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

The health of our youth seems to be getting worse and worse.

The Seed Experiment

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The case for providing the basics for all children in America is hard to refute. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.2 million children were lifted out of poverty by SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, in 2012. Yet right now we are fast approaching a critical time for hungry children: summer vacation.

The Sweet Precedent of Flavored Milk

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel J. Schultz

Students expect these products because we currently make it socially acceptable to consume them. Children learn our cultural norms and preferences, and currently we are telling them that food has to be overwhelmingly sweet, setting them up for a lifelong preference which could negatively impact their future health.

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.

The Best School Lunches in America

The Daily Meal | Posted 04.01.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Thank goodness somebody realized how backwards it was to serve such unappealing, nutritionally lacking lunches. In the past decade, enormous changes have been made nationwide in the ways learning institutions feed our offspring.

Lunches That Pack in 5 Minutes (or Less)

Food52 | Posted 05.16.2014 | Taste
Food52

A shaved vegetable salad -- it holds up well, even on the second day. Try sturdy vegetables like fennel, celery, and radishes, then toss them with herbs and dressing. Then add a protein, like tinned fish.

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.

Dept. Of Agriculture Permanently Eases Up On School Meals

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childho...

What School Lunches Look Like Around The World

The Daily Meal | Posted 02.11.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Whatever your memories of high school, your lunches may stick out like a sore thumb.

Schools Meddle in Parents' Home-Packed Lunches: Why I'm Not Offended

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 01.27.2014 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Let me say up front that if my own kids' home-packed lunches were inspected by a school or government official, I'd be quite ticked off. But at the same time, these sorts of incidents just don't fill me with the horror or outrage that so many have expressed in the blogosphere.

Tell Congress to Mix It Up

Maureen Costello | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Maureen Costello

Here's what we've learned after 12 years of doing Mix: When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and mis-perceptions can fall away. That sounds like a good goal for all of us, including our elected representatives.

Best Healthy Lunch Box Snack Recipes

Stacie Billis | Posted 11.27.2013 | Taste
Stacie Billis

These snacks are three healthy lunch box goodies that get my kids jazzed about lunch time.

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...

The Sad State Of School Lunch In The U.S. (PHOTOS)

| Posted 09.18.2013 | Teen

If you'd like to lose your appetite, take a look at this gallery of cafeteria lunches submitted by random high school students from across the country...

Simple Strategies to Ease Lunch Packing Pain

Jennifer Tyler Lee | Posted 11.17.2013 | Taste
Jennifer Tyler Lee

It's a mere few weeks into the school year and I'm already dreading lunch. What's more stressful is a tossup: the caffeine-enhanced frenzy of packing lunches at the crack of dawn or the frustration of opening my daughter's lunchbox at the end of a long school day to find it completely untouched.