legislation & regulation

Americans care less about waste and costs to operators than they do about the feel-good nature of what the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act promises.
The measure aims to improve access to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, starting Jan. 1.
Although a change in the status quo hadn’t been expected in recent weeks, school foodservice managers had reasons to hope for a surprise. Here are three major ones.
Reauthorization of the program, with or without adjustments in the requirements, could take months.
Decisions on the changes sought by school FSDs remain in limbo.
The program at Clearwater Middle School—one of 51 schools the state has provided funds for—includes pasta and locally sourced menu items, plus produce grown in the school’s garden.
St. Anthony Schools dropped out of the federal school lunch program following complaints from students about small portions. As a result, officials say, participation has risen despite the change in...
The School Nutrition Association argues that future sodium reductions set by the National School Lunch Program will be too taxing on schools, while salt-industry lobbyists say the restrictions are...
The chairman of the Senate committee involved in reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act announced yesterday that a key step in pushing through an updated bill has been delayed indefinitely.

When Deputy Editor Dana Moran was a student at Vista Middle School in Ferndale, Wash., the ultimate status snack was a big cookie—which is no longer menued.

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