District's free meals program on hold due to contact negotiation

Vermont district's hope to start Community Eligibility Option stalls after state child nutrition office determines starting the program would require a rebid for the management company.

BARRE,Vt.—Plans to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students at Barre City Elementary and Middle School starting in the fall have hit a snag because of one of the requirements for participating in the federally subsidized “community eligibility” program.

The school board learned of the glitch on a night when members also agreed to rethink a plan to make a radical scheduling change next fall and were told the district was boasting a sizable surplus heading into the fourth quarter of this fiscal year.

In something of a good-news-bad-news update, George Mackey, of food service contractor Fitz Vogt & Associates, told the board that the city’s pre-K-through-8 school more than qualifies for a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to provide free meals to all students in eligible schools.

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Dining hall workers at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., have been asked to remove stickers worn in protest of working conditions at the school’s dining halls, The Stanford Daily reports.

School officials say that the stickers with the statement “Respect and a Fair Workload” go against a union-university agreement that states union members may not wear “insignia [with] any message that is vulgar, profane, or disparaging of Stanford, or that results in conflict or disruption in the workplace.”

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The School Nutrition Foundation has named its five School Nutrition Heroes for 2018.

The honorees were nominated by their peers and then selected by the SNF for helping end hunger for homeless and low-income students and their families.

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Sidney Central School District in Sidney, N.Y., has received $58,783 from the state to improve its farm-to-school program, The Daily Star reports.

The grant will be used to aid in appointing a farm-to-school coordinator and assistant who will help source local farm products for 10 districts in the region for NY Thursday, an initiative where cafeterias attempt to serve meals made entirely by local ingredients every Thursday.

The funding is part of a $12 million award spread among 12 districts throughout the state by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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