K-12

Operations

Universal free school meals linked with reduced childhood obesity

A study measured changes in childhood obesity prevalence from 2013 to 2019 at low-income schools in California who were eligible to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision.

Operations

Consumer Reports calls on USDA to remove Lunchables products from school meals after finding heavy metals in store-bought versions

The watchdog group also found that Lunchables products served under the National School Lunch Program had higher levels of sodium than their grocery store counterparts.

Nelson is responsible for leading the district’s first ever Chef Team, which aims to develop recipes that will get students excited about school meals.

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: Maryland lawmakers pass bill that would analyze the cost of setting up a universal free school meals program and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz says yes to extra funding to continue universal free school meals.

A new report by the Food Research and Action Center shows a decrease in school meal participation when comparing the 2022-23 school year to the 2021-22 school year.

Also in this week’s K-12 legislation update: Lawmakers pen a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture asking that potatoes remain a vegetable in the 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and a pair of bills in Virginia that would set up a farm-to-school task force head to the governor for signature.

Staff training and partnering with school leaders was essential to making the program’s launch go smoothly.

Make-Your-Own offers students a weekly themed lunch option that is built around customization.

Explore new ways to use ingredients that help create worry-free menu items for K-12 students with common food allergies.

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: Biden’s proposed FY 2025 budget includes funding for expanding free school meal access and a California bill would ban certain additives in school menu items.

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