Many children, especially from low-income communities or communities of color, eat up to half their daily calories in school.
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Expanding free lunch programs could also reduce stigma for students, lower administrative burdens for schools and create jobs for communities.
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School lunch is a lot less fun during a pandemic.
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Students are spreading out when they eat and using more single-serve packaging. Future changes to school meals could be less visible.
Assembling backpacks of food for students to take home in Flint, Mich.
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Backpack programs that give students easily prepared foods, like boxed macaroni and cheese and canned beans, can make a difference.
Keep it cool.
The good news is that the bacteria that cause food to spoil are quite different to the bacteria that typically cause food poisoning, and generally don’t make you sick.
Canada is one of very few industrialized countries not to have a national school food program.
As Canadian kids head back to school this week, many will be hungry. Lacking fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods, they will suffer mood problems, disease and low academic performance.
All students deserve a healthy lunch when they go to school.
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Students with unpaid meal debts have been experiencing some shaming policies at school. New rules are aimed at protecting these children, but the real solution may lie in free meals for all.
Nutritious meal inside? Maybe, maybe not.
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