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School Waivers From New Nutrition Standards Could Become Bridge to 2015

New language offered by the House Appropriations Committee would allow schools than can demonstrate economic hardship to obtain a temporary waiver from new nutrition standards for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. In 2015, the standards might undergo revisions. Language released Monday by the committee said the waiver language was included at the request of local… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: George Stanley McGovern, 1922-2012


George McGovern, 1972 Democratic Party presidential nominee and former U.S. Congressman and Senator from South Dakota died Oct. 21 at age 90. He was a World War II pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber, flying 35 missions over Nazi occupied Europe, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and other air medals. Between his service in the… Continue Reading

‘Produce U’ Puts Focus on Food Safety in Schools

Meet the Local Food Dude. He’s Chef Tim Cipriano, executive director of Food Services for New Haven, CT public schools.  When he walks into one of the district’s schools wearing his white chef’s coat emblazoned with a  colorful “Healthy Kids First” logo with images of fruits and vegetables, the students crowd around him. “It’s like… Continue Reading

President to Sign Landmark Child Nutrition Bill

Today President Obama will sign the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 into law during a special signing ceremony at a local Washington, D.C. school. The bill, which reauthorizes many federal nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program, is a critical part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to end childhood obesity within a… Continue Reading

School Bake Sales to be ‘Approved, Infrequent’

The child nutrition bill President Obama is expected to sign is supposed to make school breakfasts, lunches, and after-school meal programs nutritious for all.   And to make sure no one can cheat, the same nutritional standards will apply to the content of vending machines, a la carte lunch lines, and school stores. But will… Continue Reading

Child Nutrition Act Ready for President’s Approval

The Child Nutrition bill passed 264-157 by the House of Representatives Thursday includes several provisions to make school meals healthier and safer. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, had already cleared the Senate by unanimous consent and now goes to President Obama. While the primary thrust of the measure is to make more school… Continue Reading

House Vote Expected on Child Nutrition Bill

Despite a last-minute procedural move by House Republicans to block it, a vote is expected today on the $4.5 billion legislation (over the next 10 years) that would expand eligibility for national school meal programs and attempt to make school food more nutritious. Called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the reauthorization measure passed the Senate… Continue Reading

White House Chef Predicts Nutrition Bill Will Pass

The Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that stalled last month still has a chance, according to White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass. Yesterday, Kass, who also serves as the senior policy adviser on Healthy Eating Initiatives,  told a conference of 400 chefs and children’s health/anti-hunger advocates that the White House remains excited and optimistic about the… Continue Reading