Benita Gingerella


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Universal free meals bill introduced in Tennessee

The state joins South Carolina, Minnesota and others in introducing a universal free meals bill this legislative session.


How K-12 operators are tackling labor and supply chain issues

School Nutrition Industry Conference speakers and attendees shared what they’re doing right now to overcome product and staffing shortages, including these four ideas.

Chefs are using these ingredients to keep menus exciting for students as they continue to struggle with price increases and product availability.

The state follows Virginia, Washington and others in introducing a universal free meals bill this legislative session.

The states join Minnesota, Nebraska, South Carolina and others in introducing legislation that would provide free meals for all students.

The proposal includes $389 million in 2023-2025 and $424 million in 2026-2027 to fund the meals.

Almost 5.6 million children took part in summer nutrition programs on an average weekday in July 2021, according to the Food Research and Action Center.

The state is one of several currently looking at providing free meals for all students.

The executive budget recommendation allocates $30 million to provide free meals to all students in the state.

Rising costs plus labor and supply chain disruptions make it difficult to run school nutrition programs, the SNA says, adding that programs will be "financially unsustainable" if higher meal reimbursement rates expire this summer as planned.

With grant funding and partner resources, the institute is helping three schools create and implement a farm-to-school action plan this year.

Over 726,000 students in the state lost access to free school meals after USDA waivers that provided free meals to all students expired last summer.

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