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U.S. Senate bill would ban pesticide linked to developmental disabilities from school meals

The Safe School Meals for Kids Act would prohibit schools from serving food that contains any amount of detectable chlorpyrifos.

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Ark. passes 2 bills to help with student food insecurity

The state passed an anti-lunch-shaming bill and a bill that would allow districts to serve excess cafeteria food to students.

The lawsuit filed by six states and Washington, D.C., asks the court to put rollbacks of the sodium and whole-grain requirements on hold.

Rockland County says the measure is necessary because a measles outbreak has reached crisis proportions.

The revised bill aims to help diminish the amount of meal debt in school districts while still avoiding student lunch shaming.

Under the bill, schools would be reimbursed up to 15 cents per meal to help them purchase certified-organic food grown in California.

While it supports the idea behind it, the Maine School Nutrition Association opposes the bill due to concerns of lunch debt increasing throughout the state.

Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Lunch Act would provide state support for staff training, recipe development.

Schools who use local ingredients would be reimbursed based upon the number of meals served.

Schools qualify for the program if 70% of their students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.