lunch programs

The top 5 myths about farm-to-school programs

One of the most promising models for changing the way we feed kids is known as "farm-to-school," and it involves connecting schools with fresh, locally grown food and food and agriculture education opportunities. But there are still some common misconceptions. Here are the top 5 myths about farm-to-school.

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West Virginia Meal Effort Not Starting from Scratch

Students should notice West Virginia's ambitious new plan to target child hunger while improving academic performance when they arrive this fall.

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Va. Schools Hungry to Get More Out of Lunch

When diners at an exclusive food tasting recently noshed on sesame green beans and flame-roasted redskin potatoes, they weren’t celebrating at the area’s newest culinary hot spot. Instead, these gourmands were huddled in a high school cafeteria sampling almost 40 delicacies that soon could become permanent items for thousands of children who eat lunch and breakfast in this northern Virginia school district each day.

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Nutrition and Schools

Guidelines, what works and inspired ideas in action.

7 Pa. Schools Earn National Honor for Healthy Lifestyle Choices

In addition to stricter rules for the type of food schools serve, the HealthierUS Schools Challenge was started in 2004 to reward schools that go above and beyond.

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Springfield (Mo.) Public Schools Limits Times Students Can Charge Lunch

Citing an excessive number of unpaid student lunch charges, the Springfield school district has capped the number of times a student can charge starting Feb. 4.

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Scaling Up: Healthy Kids, Thriving Farms in Mich.

A new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant designed to help schools respond to the growing demand for locally-sourced foods and to increase opportunities for local producers and food businesses will make it easier for area farmers to supply thousands of students in northern Michigan with fresh, locally-grown produce.

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Peanut Butter, Garlic Bread Back on School Plates

In a battle over healthier school lunches that pitted the Obama administration against school children, chalk up a point for the kids. Students have been complaining that some of their favorite foods were taken off the plate because of the Obama administration's efforts to make school lunches healthier. Last week, the administration reversed some of the new school lunch rules, and the kids are happy again, says Dave Porter, superintendent of Wallace County, Kansas, schools.

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School Lunches to be Allowed Unlimited Meats, Grains

The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids' meals. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect in September saying kids aren't getting enough to eat. School administrators also complained, saying set maximums on grains and meats are too limiting as they try to plan daily meals.

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Lactose Intolerance: When Drinking School Milk Makes Students Feel Sick

Khalil Beckwith has never been formally diagnosed with lactose intolerance.

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