Just because it’s summer vacation, doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on in the world of school nutrition, and breakfast in the classroom! We’ve been reading a lot of news from stories around the country about ways that schools are delivering food to kids: in the summer, in the morning, and at lunch. Here are just a few of the latest headlines that grabbed our attention.
Feeding Kids Outside of School
Feeding site visits punch up need for summer program (July 29, 2011): In this story from Memphis, TN—oneof our Breakfast in the Classroom cities—summer feeding programs are explored. Remember, hunger doesn’t take a vacation.
BackPack program keeps kids full on weekends (July 30, 2011): On a related note, this story from Northeast Iowa highlights a weekend feeding program for kids. Does your community have a similar program?
School Breakfast News
School officials consider expansion of breakfast program (July 28, 2011): Hartford, CT is looking at expanding school breakfast at the high school level.
No-cost breakfast for ALL students (July 26, 2011): Brevard, FL announces its plan to continue to provide universal breakfast through the National School Breakfast.
Mason Co. schools to offer free breakfast this year (July 22, 2011): A pilot breakfast program is launching in West Virginia—congratulations, Mason County Schools! And they are in good company…
8 West Virginia counties testing program to provide free breakfasts, lunches to school children (July 20, 2011)
ISO: Volunteers for Allentown’s new before-school program (July 26, 2011): In Pennsylvania, the Allentown School District is implementing a before-school breakfast, tutoring and fitness program called “Start Your Day Right.”
Risking Meal Costs, Reimbursement, and the New Meal Patterns
Salem school meals and season passes to cost more in 2011-12 (July 29, 2011): News about meal costs and reimbursement rates from Salem, MO.
Will budget cuts affect free and reduced lunches for students? (July 26, 2011): In Dougherty County, GA the school faces budget cuts, and questions about how this affects feeding kids at school are raised. Dougherty County has universal breakfast in their district, which serves about 80% free/reduced.
Talk turns to healthier food as school board raises breakfast, lunch prices (July 27, 2011): Another story focusing on the balancing act required to make school menus healthier while dealing with rising food and meal costs.
Has your district or school been in the news recently? Send me a link or a .pdf file of the article at firstname.lastname@example.org.