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Nutrition & School Lunch

The Washington family receives free meals at Dillard High School amid the virus outbreak and school closings on March 16, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
A family receives free meals at Dillard High School amid the coronavirus outbreak and school closings on March 16, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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Federal Biden Signs Executive Order to Boost Food Benefits for Children Missing School Meals
The order is designed to extend nutritional benefits that his administration says would benefit children.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 22, 2021
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Karina Galan, a school bus driver with Mt. Diablo Unified School District, carries several bags of pre-packaged meals to distribute to a family in Concord, Calif. The district is stressing to parents the importance of filling out applications for participation in the free and reduced-price meals program at a time when the number of formal applications have dropped off.
Karina Galan, a school bus driver with Mt. Diablo Unified School District, carries several bags of pre-packaged meals to distribute to a family in Concord, Calif. The district is stressing to parents the importance of filling out applications for participation in the free and reduced-price meals program at a time when the number of formal applications have dropped off.
Brittany Hosea-Small for Education Week
Budget & Finance Districts Anxious About Plunge in Meal-Program Applicants
Free and reduced-price meal data is a key proxy for school poverty. But administrators say a drop in applications paints a false picture and could threaten funding.
Daarel Burnette II, October 28, 2020
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Greta Hinderliter and her labradoodle Finnegan meet with two students from Kelly Walsh High School this month in Casper, Wyo. As the homeless liaison for the Natrona County School District, Hinderliter delivers supplies, conducts wellness checks, and mentors and tutors the district’s several hundred homeless students.
Greta Hinderliter and her labradoodle Finnegan meet with two students from Kelly Walsh High School this month in Casper, Wyo. As the homeless liaison for the Natrona County School District, Hinderliter delivers supplies, conducts wellness checks, and mentors and tutors the district’s several hundred homeless students.
Cayla Nimmo for Education Week
Student Well-Being Shielding Students From the Economic Storm
The numbers of homeless and low-income students will likely surge in the months ahead. School leaders will need to be ready.
Daarel Burnette II, September 16, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the week that you may have missed.
September 9, 2020
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Kindergartner Andres Vazquez works at a plastic table under a gazebo where his teacher gives a class at a municipal athletic park in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down school buildings throughout the island, some children in Puerto Rico like Andres had been left out of school for nearly a month after an earthquake forced school closures earlier this year.
Kindergartner Andres Vazquez works at a plastic table under a gazebo where his teacher gives a class at a municipal athletic park in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down school buildings throughout the island, some children in Puerto Rico like Andres had been left out of school for nearly a month after an earthquake forced school closures earlier this year.
AP Photo/Carlos Giusti
Student Well-Being Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and COVID-19 Make a Dire Trio for Puerto Rico's Schools
The pandemic is just the latest massive disruption for the U.S. territory's educational system, and has left students and teachers wondering how much they've lost and what comes next.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 27, 2020
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Workers and volunteers help load cars with food at a San Antonio Food Bank drive-through distribution in San Antonio on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
Workers and volunteers help load cars with food at a San Antonio Food Bank drive-through distribution in San Antonio on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
AP Photo/Eric Gay
Student Well-Being As Demand for Food Grows Under Coronavirus, Schools Step Up
Districts are reconfiguring services, offering hazard pay, and partnering with food banks to keep up with a growing, unprecedented demand for food services during the school shutdown.
Corey Mitchell, April 15, 2020
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Student Well-Being Video In Houston, School Meals Are About Expanding Equity and Improving Climate
Betti Wiggins believes that school meals can be used as a vehicle to expand equity and improve school climate.
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Courtesy of Austin ISD
School & District Management 'Amazing Cook' for Austin, Texas, Schools Dies From Coronavirus
Patricia "Pati" Hernandez, 51, was a long-time food service worker who spent the last decade preparing student meals at Casis Elementary School in Austin.
David Rauf, April 8, 2020
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Student Well-Being Video Creating a Menu of Healthy School Meals, While Seeking Student Input
Joe Urban has used his restaurant background to transform his school district’s food program.
Brooke Saias & Sarah D. Sparks, April 7, 2020
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Cafeteria worker Cathy Piluso hands out free meals at Bensalem High School in Bensalem, Pa., last week. Fears that food service workers could contract or spread the virus are spurring some districts around the country to rethink their alternative food service programs.
Cafeteria worker Cathy Piluso hands out free meals at Bensalem High School in Bensalem, Pa., last week. Fears that food service workers could contract or spread the virus are spurring some districts around the country to rethink their alternative food service programs.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke
Student Well-Being Coronavirus Fears Lead School Districts to Halt or Make Changes to Children's Food Services
Education Week has identified at least 15 school districts, serving more than 250,000 students combined, that have either suspended or altered their meal distribution programs due to coronavirus-related concerns.
Corey Mitchell, March 24, 2020
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Idled school buses at the Northshore School District in Bothell, Wash., which is closed for two weeks over coronavirus concerns. The district is operating a remote learning program to continue instruction and is distributing meals daily at several sites around the district.
Idled school buses at the Northshore School District in Bothell, Wash., which is closed for two weeks over coronavirus concerns. The district is operating a remote learning program to continue instruction and is distributing meals daily at several sites around the district.
Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP
Student Well-Being Shut Down by Coronavirus, Schools Scramble to Feed Students
A major dilemma for schools shutting down is how to keep providing meals to students who rely on them for their daily nutrition.
Corey Mitchell, March 9, 2020
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Student Well-Being Leader To Learn From School Lunch as a Lever to Expand Equity and Improve School Climate
Betti Wiggins, the officer of nutrition services for the Houston Independent School District, gives students from low-income families daily access to nutritious meals and provides family-style lunch settings that help teach kids social skills. She is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 19, 2020
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Student Well-Being Leader To Learn From Creating Healthier —and Tastier—School Meals
Joe Urban, the director of food and nutrition services in Greenville County Schools, S.C., proves that giving students healthy food options and asking for their input can increase participation and be good for the district’s financial bottom line. He is recognized as a 2020 Leader to Learn From.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 19, 2020
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Student Well-Being Are the Trump Administration's Latest Rules for School Meals All Bad? 3 Things Schools Need to Know
Education Week spoke to two district nutrition directors and one child nutrition expert to discuss the most important changes to come from USDA's new rules for school meals.
Arianna Prothero, January 24, 2020
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