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West Jordan Journal

There is such a thing as a free lunch

The federally funded free and reduced school lunch program provides meals to students whose families can’t afford to pay full price. However, there are families who don’t qualify for the program but still struggle with the expense. “We’ve found, especially recently, there’s this population of students who do...
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Sierra Harvest & Nevada County School Food Services Agency awarded CDFA Grant for Foothills Fresh

Nevada City, CA – Foothills Fresh, the collaboration to bring farm-fresh scratch-cooked school meals to all students in Western Nevada County just received a $488,000 California Farm to School Incubator Grant award. The Nevada County School Food Services Agency, a partnership between eight school districts and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, was formed July 1, 2022 to support all students getting access to scratch-cooked meals using fresh, regional foods. The funding from the California Department of Food and Agriculture was a competitive grant with only 37% of applicants receiving funding and was designed to facilitate innovative farm-to-school partnerships that benefit multiple school districts, a county office of education, and non-profits in their mission to provide nutrition education, fresh CA grown food in school meals and capacity building for scratch cooked culinary programs through long term partnerships. The collaboration between Nevada County School Food Services Agency, Sierra Harvest, the Chef Ann Foundation, and Kitchen Table Advisors can now move forward with this funding to improve not only the quality of food on the plate but implement more sustainable and environmental systems reducing food waste and the use of plastic packaging.
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Catering team transitions to local supplier

Rydal Penrhos’ catering team has transitioned to a local supplier for key ingredients as part of the nutritious provision offered. The last few days have been busy ones for Jonathan Stubbs, who holds the position of catering manager at Rydal Penrhos, and his team. We are always looking for ways to improve the provision offered to our pupils, with balanced diets feeding bright young minds and keeping them fully energised in and out of the classroom.
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Online tool to support delivery of 'whole school' approach to food

The UK government, as part of the Levelling-Up agenda, has advocated that all primary schools should develop a 'whole school food policy', which outlines how a school approaches food across the entire working day to support children in making healthy food choices. The policy paper states that primary schools should...
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Online tool to support delivery of ‘whole school’ approach to food

The UK government, as part of the Levelling-Up agenda, has advocated that all primary schools should develop a ‘whole school food policy’, which outlines how a school approaches food across the entire working day to support children in making healthy food choices. The policy paper states that primary...
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Free lunch for Swain Elementary students

All students in Swain County elementary schools will receive free lunch this year with the help of a grant from the Dogwood Health Trust. “This grant is wonderful for these kids,” said School Food Service Director Michele Herron. Herron and Kevin Allman wrote the very first health grant requesting...

Waivers for universal school meals expired. What does that mean for childhood nutrition?

This article originally appeared on FoodPrint. Many nutrition and public health professionals started this current school year in a state of mourning. The object of their grief: universal school meals, a national initiative made possible by the pandemic. Waivers were granted to allow schools to provide free breakfasts, lunches and snacks to all children without asking for proof of need or requiring those meals to be eaten in congregate settings — meaning, kids could take home grab-and-go foods during COVID lockdowns. As a result, childhood food insecurity decreased from 2020 to 2021, according to USDA data; the waivers were allowed to expire this fall due to objections from Republican senators.
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Striking food service workers at Oshawa’s Durham College gain regional Unifor support

The Durham College food services workers currently on strike to demand a living wage have garnered the support of their union’s Ontario council and national president. The 90 members of Unifor Local 462 launched the strike on November 28. The members work for Chartwells, the largest in-school food services company in Canada.
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How the Chef Ann Foundation is investing in labor to increase scratch cooking in schools

Since 2009, the Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) has worked to bring more scratch cooking to schools through a variety of programs and resources. As they worked with districts throughout the country over the years, however, the nonprofit noticed that a lack of skilled labor in school kitchens was holding many teams back.
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These 15 Chefs Are Committed to Food System Change

The November 2022 James Beard Foundation’s Chef Bootcamp for Policy and Change trained 15 chefs from 13 states on using their voice for food system and industry change through conservation efforts, sustainable agriculture, and the Farm Bill, a package of legislation written once every five years that covers numerous food policies and programs in the United States.
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Miller Place School District gives thanks through Thanksgiving food drives

The Miller Place School District lent a helping hand ahead of this Thanksgiving by hosting a series of food drives at various schools. Students at Miller Place High School collected 800 canned and packaged goods through a Thanksgiving food drive hosted by the National Honor Society. Students collected canned soup, vegetables, cranberry sauce, stuffing, muffin mix, potatoes and grocery gift cards. The food was distributed to families in need throughout the community. Additional items will be donated to local food pantries.

Forest Grove High School food pantry serving community

According to Google, Oregon searches for 'food pantries near me' are up 70% in the past 12 months.A storage facility outside Forest Grove High has been successfully converted into a food pantry, as the school community helps fight some of the hunger and food insecurity gripping communities across Oregon this holiday season. On Monday mornings, the high school receives five pallets of meat, dairy, dry goods and produce from the Oregon Food Bank. "Different clubs and teams normally take control each Monday. Recently, we had girls lacrosse and the AVID club. Different school groups take turns organizing and distributing everything,"...
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Barriers to CACFP Participation

Providing Meals in Early Childhood Settings report. Hunger Free Vermont conducted a statewide survey of early childhood programs in late 2021, seeking to understand what barriers early childhood providers face when it comes to providing food to program participants. The Providing Meals in Early Childhood Settings report identified the most common barriers to operating a quality meal program as: cost of operations, paperwork, staffing shortage, and the time commitment of administering a meal program. 64.40% of respondents were CACFP operators.