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Could Your School District Streamline Its Breakfast and Lunch Programs?

February 25, 2015

Community eligibility supports Congress’ longstanding goal of reducing paperwork for high-poverty schools by enabling them to offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students without collecting and processing individual meal applications.  In its first year of nationwide implementation, more than 14,000 high-poverty schools serving more than 6.6 million children have adopted the option...

WIC Works, Without Congress’ Meddling

February 11, 2015

A central tenet of the WIC program is that the foods it provides to millions of low-income mothers should reflect a rigorous, science-based review of nutritionally important foods that participants’ diets tend to lack.

In December, Congress took the unprecedented and irresponsible step of...

TANF in the States - Mother and Child

Potato Mandate Overrides WIC’s Science-Based Policy

December 15, 2014

In requiring the WIC nutrition program to add white potatoes to the foods it provides, Congress last week pandered to industry lobbyists rather than prioritizing the nutritional needs of low-income women and very young children.

Study after study shows that WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) improves birth outcomes and participants’ diets...

High-Poverty Schools Using New Tool to Streamline Meal Programs

December 9, 2014

Half of the high-poverty schools eligible for the Community Eligibility Provision, which became available nationally this year, adopted it to streamline their meal programs and free up resources for other education priorities, the Agriculture Department (USDA) announced today....

Shielding Homeless Children From Hunger

December 1, 2014

More than 1.2 million children attending public school lack a home of their own, my colleague Douglas Rice recently noted.  They also are at greater risk of...

Schools Can Do Even More to Shield Children From Hunger

September 8, 2014

As students begin a new school year, U.S. Department of Agriculture data confirm that too many children — nearly 16 million — live in families that continue to struggle to afford adequate food, known as “food insecurity.”  While many parents in these households can shield their children from hardship, in more than half of them,...

Community Eligibility: A Proven Tool to Address Child Hunger

July 14, 2014

Many school districts across the country are adopting community eligibility — which allows high-poverty schools to offer breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge without having to process meal applications — to support their students’ health and learning.  Some eligible districts are...

School Districts Can Adopt Community Eligibility and Still Obtain Other Assistance

June 27, 2014

Thousands of high-poverty schools across the country have already adopted “community eligibility” to offer nutritious meals to all students at no charge.  Officials in some school districts considering the...

Congress Must Resist Lobbyists’ Efforts to Undercut Nutrition Reforms

June 17, 2014

The Senate today will begin considering its annual Agriculture Department funding bill, which covers the child nutrition programs.  The bill already includes measures promoted by industry lobbyists that would undercut reforms designed to improve children’s nutrition and combat childhood obesity.  Senators must reject any amendments that would further weaken reforms, as we explain in an...

Identifying Low-Income Students in Community Eligibility Schools for “Title I” Purposes

June 2, 2014

Most schools use applications for the school breakfast and lunch programs to determine students’ income levels for the federal “Title I” program for disadvantaged students, our new report explains, but schools offering community eligibility — a new option that allows...

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