School Lunches

2:02pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Study Finds Snack, Soda Regulations In Schools Help Kids' Health

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 7:08 am

A student at Fairmeadow Elementary School buys fruits and vegetables in Palo Alto, Calif., in 2010.
Paul Sakuma AP

Lately, parents, teachers and policymakers have been experimenting with all kinds of different ways to keep unhealthy food out of schools. Some schools are limiting bake sales, as we reported earlier this year, while others are preparing lunches from scratch.

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7:11am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Salt

School Lunch Milk Cartons Take A Hit In New Ad Campaign

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:33 pm

The newest campaign from vegan advocacy group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine targets dairy in school lunches.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Forget the school vending machine fights. An anti-cheese group says that innocent-looking carton of milk on lunch trays is the real culprit for our children's weight woes.

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12:45pm

Wed May 30, 2012
The Salt

Food Trucks Draw Hungry Kids For Free Summer Meals

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 12:48 pm

New Haven Public Schools' summer food truck will deliver an expected 40,000 free meals to kids in eligible neighborhoods during July and August.
Timothy Cipriano New Haven Public Schools

For millions of American children, the end of the school year means the end of free and reduced-price lunches that fill the gap between their appetites and their families' budgets. It's not that meals aren't available during the summer – they generally are, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program. But getting kids to show up for those meals is harder than you'd think.

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3:11pm

Mon April 9, 2012
The Salt

Now On The Menu For Hungry Kids: Supper At School

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 11:34 am

Students at Garfield Elementary School eat dinner as part of an after-school program in Kansas City, Mo. In the past few years, a federally subsidized school dinner program has spread from six to all 50 states.
Charlie Riedel AP

Not long after the start of the school year, Monique Sanders, a teacher at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., realized many of her students were going to bed hungry.

"It was very bad. I had parents calling me several times a week, asking did I know of any other way that they could get food because they had already gone to a food pantry," Sanders says. "The food pantry only allows you to go twice per month, so if you are running low on your food stamps or you didn't get what you needed and you're not able to feed your family, that's very stressful."

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2:12pm

Fri April 6, 2012
The Salt

Indian Engineers Build A Stronger Society With School Lunch Program

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:54 am

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a nonprofit based in Bangalore, partners with the government to make close to 1.3 million nutritious meals a day for schoolchildren throughout India.
Ryan Lobo for NPR

At a government-run public middle school in Bangalore, the blackboard's cracking, the textbooks are tattered and most of the students are barefoot.

But with all those challenges, the biggest obstacle that teachers face in keeping kids in school is hunger. Many students show up at school having had nothing to eat for breakfast.

On mornings one student comes to school hungry, the thought of school makes her break down, she says.

"When I had to get on the bus, I would start crying," says K. Suchitra, 13.

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