Nutrition & School Lunch
School & District Management Data Data: How Schools Respond to Student Hunger Over the Summer
The end of pandemic-era flexibility for schools and community organizations has translated into fewer students receiving free summer meals.
School & District Management Fewer Students Are Getting Free Summer Meals After Pandemic Waivers End
Summer meal programs are expected to serve fewer students following last summer's end of a federal waiver.
Student Well-Being Are Lunch Periods Too Short? Some States Want to Give Kids More Time to Eat
Students are losing out on nutrition and schools are wasting food.
Student Well-Being Lunchables Are Coming to School Cafeteria Menus. We Unwrap the Reasons Why
A retooled version of the product has gotten the OK to be served on school lunch lines.
School & District Management A New Federal Plan Could Make Free School Meals a Reality for More Students
The plan will mostly benefit districts in states where lawmakers have enacted universal free school meal policies.
Federal USDA Clamps Down on Salt and Sugar in Proposed School Nutrition Guidelines
It marks the first time the federal agency is calling for limiting the amount of added sugars in school meals.
Budget & Finance Meal Debt Is a Growing Problem for School Districts, Survey Shows
Student meal debt is one of a host of challenges facing district food services. Inflation and supply chain shortages are big ones, too.
Budget & Finance 6 Ways Districts Can Tackle Meal Debt—and Some Pros and Cons
District leaders face tough choices for dealing with families who can't pay for students' meals—but there are lots of humane options.
Student Well-Being What Teens Think of Their School Lunches: 5 Takeaways From a National Survey
When it comes to feeding kids, schools have been jumping from one crisis to another, making it easy to lose sight of the student experience.
Federal Historic Changes to Title IX and School Safety Funding: How 2022 Shaped K-12 Policy
Federal lawmakers sought to make Title IX more inclusive, respond to school shootings, and crack down on corrupt charter schools.
Student Well-Being Student Hunger Over Winter Break: One 4th Grader's Solution for His School
A school nurse and student work together to help feed students and families who may not have enough to eat during holiday closures.
Student Well-Being Educators Largely Support Universal Free Meals for Students, But Worry About Complications
Most believe expanding the program would end lunch stigma and prevent hunger. But they also noted its cost and had concerns about food waste.
School & District Management Schools Are Struggling to Get Families to Apply for Free Meals
A survey of schools highlights ongoing challenges with enrolling students in federal free meal programs.
Budget & Finance Student Lunch Debt Is Expected to Rise. TikTokers to the Rescue?
The heartwarming phenomenon can solve local issues, but probably not what's expected to be a nationwide rise in lunch debt.