Some school meal programs buy fruit and veggies from local farms, improving kids' diets and supporting the agricultural economy. A boost in federal funds to expand these efforts runs out next year.
A Georgia native and finalist on this season of GPB’s The Great American Recipe is using her platform to educate on the issue of food insecurity and summer hunger. In the Atlanta Community Food Bank's Learning Kitchen, Leanna Pierre taught viewers how to recreate two of her favorite recipes and asked them to get involved in improving their communities.
Across the country, schools are reporting rising cafeteria debt, and fewer kids are enrolling in their free and reduced price programs. Many states are moving to make meals free for all kids again.
Vermont is inching closer to passing a bill to make school meals free for all public school students. It could be the next to join five other states to make the move after pandemic-era benefits.
The idea is simple: Pay for every child's meal and reach the kids who might go hungry because of missed paperwork or stigma. Here's how advocates are pushing to keep the idea on the national agenda.
Congress is rushing to pass an extension for some of the school meal waivers that provided support to families and schools during the pandemic that expire June 30.