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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...

No, Dietary Guidelines Don’t Support Adding White Potatoes to WIC

May 30, 2014

We’ve highlighted one harmful provision (school meals) in the 2015 agriculture spending bill that the House Appropriations Committee approved yesterday.  Here’s another:  it overrides the science-based process for deciding which foods the WIC program provides by requiring...

House Bill Would Gut New School Meal Standards, Undermining Children’s Health

May 28, 2014

The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow on the fiscal year 2015 agriculture spending bill, which would establish sweeping waivers from new nutrition standards for school meals.  While waiver proponents...

How Community Eligibility Is Helping West Virginia Reduce Hunger

May 27, 2014

Eligible schools across the country have until June 30 to adopt “community eligibility” for the 2014-2015 school year, enabling them to serve school meals to all students at no charge.  Community eligibility became available in West Virginia a couple of years ago, and State Board of Education President Gayle Manchin recently...