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Warren Decries 'Cruel' Policy on School Lunch Debt

NJ student worries it will affect his college prospects

(Newser) - A New Jersey school district with $16,500 in student lunch debt would like to point out that all of its 11,350 students are "provided the lunch of their choice, regardless of whether they have money for it or not." That's not quite what critics are... More »

Trade War Brings Bonus Food to Schools

USDA is buying, giving away food to help farmers

(Newser) - School lunch menus already have Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. Now some may get Trade Mitigation Thursdays. This fall, some US school cafeterias are expecting shipments of free food, one little-known consequence of President Trump's trade disputes. The products are coming from the Department of Agriculture, which is giving... More »

CEO Tries to Pay Kids' Lunch Debt, Is Refused

La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael said school district won't take his $22K

(Newser) - In Todd Carmichael's eyes, it's another outrageous turn in an already outrageous story. The CEO of La Colombe coffee says that he wants to pony up $22,467.76 to wipe out the school-lunch debts of kids within the Wyoming Valley West School District—a Pennsylvania district that... More »

District Does U-Turn on Offer to Pay Lunch Debt

School board apologizes for foster care threat

(Newser) - In a move possibly related to widespread criticism and media coverage, a school district in Pennsylvania has done a U-turn on a CEO's offer to erase $22,467.76 in school-lunch debt. The Wyoming Valley West School District now says it will accept La Colombe Coffee CEO Todd Carmichael'... More »

Now Slamming Fired Lunch Lady: Mom of the Boy She Fed

Story out of New Hampshire involving Bonnie Kimball has some new twists

(Newser) - A New Hampshire school cafeteria worker was fired after giving a student free food when he reportedly didn't have enough money to pay for it, and then, after national media attention, she rebuffed the school vendor's offer to rehire her. Now, some new twists involving Bonnie Kimball, from... More »

She Was Fired for Feeding a Student. Now, a New Offer

But New Hampshire's Bonnie Kimball simply isn't interested in getting her job back

(Newser) - A company has offered to rehire a New Hampshire school cafeteria worker it fired for giving a student lunch for free, but she isn't interested. Bonnie Kimball said she was terminated March 28 by Fresh Picks, a vendor that supplies food to the Mascoma Valley Regional High School in... More »

Feeding Student Who Couldn't Pay Gets Lunch Worker Fired

Food vendor accuses employee of $8 theft

(Newser) - Bonnie Kimball wasn't just fired from her school cafeteria job for letting a student take a lunch even though he didn't have the money to pay for it, she was accused of stealing $8—the retail price of the lunch. When the boy came through the line with... More »

Schools Flip on Punishing Students With Lunch Debt

District drops plan to provide cold sandwiches only

(Newser) - A Rhode Island school district reversed its decision to start serving cold sandwiches instead of hot lunches next week to students whose families owe lunch money. Warwick Public Schools had said it would serve sunflower butter-and-jelly sandwiches to students whose families are in arrears beginning Monday, sparking a public backlash... More »

Kids With Lunch Debt to Get Cold Sandwiches: District

They used to be served a hot meal like everyone else

(Newser) - Owe lunch money to Warwick Public Schools? Then you'll be eating cold sun butter and jelly sandwiches every day until it's paid up, rather than getting a hot meal, the Rhode Island school district announced over the weekend. Kids will also be allowed to go back to hot... More »

Big Gift From Philando Castile's Mom to Students in Debt

Valerie Castile presents $8K donation to Minneapolis-area school to pay seniors' lunch tabs

(Newser) - It's been almost three years since the police shooting death of Philando Castile in Minnesota, and while the upcoming anniversary will be a sad one, the memory of the generous cafeteria supervisor continues to inspire good. Castile's mom, Valerie Castile, offered up a check Thursday for $8,000... More »

Trump Administration Puts Biscuits Back on the School Lunch Menu

Refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk are once again OK

(Newser) - The national school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas, and other foods made mostly of refined grains. The Trump administration is scaling back contested school lunch standards implemented under the Obama administration including one that required only whole grains be served, the AP reports.... More »

Kangaroo Chili Not a Good Career Move for School Cook

Nebraska officials have no appetite for exotic meat, and Kevin Frei is out of a job

(Newser) - Kevin Frei tossed a little kangaroo meat into his pot of chili—harmlessly, he thought. You're reading about the lunch he was making on Oct. 10 because it was for the junior and senior high school students at Nebraska's Potter-Dix Public Schools, reports WUSA9 , and Frei has since... More »

Dad Devastated by School Lunch Shaming Takes Action

Jeffrey Lew wants to pay off lunch debt for every student in Washington state

(Newser) - Jeffrey Lew never wants a child to be shamed on the school cafeteria line again. That's why the Seattle dad of three has been hard at work fundraising, with one goal in mind: to pay down the school lunch debt of every student in the state of Washington. Today.... More »

Michelle Obama Slams Trump School Lunch Policy

'Why don't you want our kids to have good food at school?'

(Newser) - Michelle Obama slammed Trump administration efforts to delay or roll back her healthy-eating initiatives Friday, saying parents should "think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap." The former first lady, speaking at a health conference in Washington, DC, said healthy school lunches should not be... More »

One US State Just Outlawed 'Lunch Shaming' in Schools

'We have to separate the child from a debt they have no power to pay'

(Newser) - Last month at a school in Arizona, a cafeteria worker stamped a second-grader's arm with the phrase "lunch money" after it was discovered he didn't have enough money in his meal account. "He was humiliated," his mother tells BuzzFeed . Elsewhere in the country, children who... More »

A School Lunch Director Beat Jamie Oliver at His Own Game

Reality TV villain Rhonda McCoy is a real-life hero

(Newser) - It turns out it is possible to create healthy school meals without breaking the budget—as long as your town has "an overwhelming determination to prove a reality TV star wrong." In a massive dive into what's gone wrong with America's school lunches, Highline also looks... More »

Christie: 'I Don't Care' What's in School Lunches

If he becomes president, kids can eat 'whatever you want'

(Newser) - Chris Christie may have just become the Republican frontrunner among kids, though he likely irked Michelle Obama in the process. While campaigning in Iowa on Monday, the New Jersey governor fielded a complaint from an 11-year-old boy who said pizza and crispitos, a kind of crispy taco, have vanished from... More »

Lunch Lady Feeds Hungry Kid, Gets Fired

'This is just breaking my heart,' says Dalene Bowden

(Newser) - Dalene Bowden's response when a 12-year-old at Idaho's Irving Middle School told her she was hungry but didn't have any money seemed like a no-brainer: The food service worker gave the girl a free hot meal. In response, she received a letter of termination that called out... More »

Chef Trades World-Best Restaurant for School Lunches

He wants to bring professional-quality food to America's cafeterias

(Newser) - The Washington Post has an interesting profile of the chef who hopes to become the unlikely savior of America's school lunch programs. Daniel Giusti became an executive chef in Washington DC at only 24. He followed that up by working his way up from unpaid apprentice to chef de... More »

Study Reveals Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies

What they're paired with makes a big difference

(Newser) - Researchers from Texas A&M may have found an easier way to get kids to eat their vegetables than trying to convince them Spider-Man actually got his powers from green beans: Just pair veggies with other foods they don't like that much. The Washington Post reports nine out of... More »

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