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Featured Resource: Serving Healthy School Meals

Dec 18, 2013

This is the second in a series of reports that summarizes how schools are putting in place updated U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, meal standards and the challenges they must overcome to reach full implementation. More
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Pew Commends Senators Collins and Heitkamp for Supporting Healthy School Foods

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  • Apr 2, 2014

Jessica Donze Black, an expert with The Pew Charitable Trust’s initiative on child nutrition, issued the following statement on the School Food Modernization Act. More

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States Need Updated School Kitchen Equipment

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  • Mar 26, 2014

Eighty-six percent of schools in the United States are serving healthy lunches, but many could do so more effectively with updated equipment and infrastructure. Without the right tools, districts rely on workarounds that are expensive, inefficient, and unsustainable. Investing in kitchens and cafeterias could help schools better serve the nutritious foods and beverages that students need. More

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National Nutrition Month Facts

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  • Mar 6, 2014

March is National Nutrition Month, a time to focus new energy on giving kids healthy food options throughout the school day. Students consume up to half of their daily calories in school, so access to wholesome meals and snacks is important to their overall health. In fact, research shows that students living in states with strong nutrition laws gain less weight than those in states without such policies.

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The State of School Nutrition

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  • Jan 28, 2014

Kids consume up to 50 percent of their daily calories at school, so access to healthy meals and snacks is important to their overall health. This is especially true for the 21.5 million students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals and rely on food served in school to meet their nutritional needs. More

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Serving Healthier Meals: California Schools Need Updated Kitchen Equipment

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  • Jan 6, 2014

The majority of public schools in California are serving meals that meet updated, healthier nutrition standards. To do so, half of the state’s districts are cooking more meals from scratch. Scratch cooking can be challenging for schools—particularly those in older buildings—without the right kitchen tools for efficient preparation of healthy foods. More

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Serving Healthy School Meals: Kitchen Tools Matter

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  • Dec 18, 2013

How do you store extra servings of fruits and vegetables so schools can serve students the healthy foods they need to learn? Two school food service experts outline the importance of school kitchen equipment so that personnel have the right tool for the right job. More

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Serving Healthy School Meals: Presentation Matters

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  • Dec 18, 2013

Kids eat with their eyes, just like adults. Two school food service experts explain why presentation and equipment play important roles in getting kids to eat healthy foods. More

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What Does a School Kitchen Need?

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  • Dec 18, 2013

Schools across the country are serving healthy meals, but many could do so more effectively with updated equipment and
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Serving Healthy School Meals: Kitchen Equipment

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  • Dec 18, 2013

This is the second in a series of reports that summarizes how schools are putting in place updated U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, meal standards and the challenges they must overcome to reach full implementation.

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Serving Healthy School Meals: Kitchen Equipment

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  • Dec 18, 2013

Schools would be better able to serve healthy, appealing meals if investments were made in new kitchen equipment and infrastructure.

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Letter of Thanks to the Department of Agriculture

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  • Nov 27, 2013

The Pew Charitable Trusts offers thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their commitment to ensuring that all students have access to safe and healthy foods through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. More

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The Next Generation of Cooks Are Making Healthy Food for Their Families and Their Schools

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  • Nov 26, 2013

This Thanksgiving, students are thankful for healthy meals at home and in school. Meet Leon Sanchez, a student chef cooking up positive change. More

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Maine Schools: A School Food Success Story

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  • Nov 12, 2013

Students in Maine School Administrative District No. 52 thought it was uncool to eat school meals. In high school in particular, meals that were nutritious enough to meet the federal government’s reimbursement standards bore the stigma of being for poor kids who couldn’t afford to bring their food or buy the more expensive a la carte options. The result: Few students ate complete, balanced meals with fruits and vegetables, and the school food service program was awash in red ink and losing $100,000 a year.
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School Kitchens by the Numbers

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  • Oct 22, 2013

Although schools have made significant changes in order to serve healthy and appealing meals, resources to purchase the right equipment and to train personnel would help them do a better job. More

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Serving Healthy School Meals

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  • Sep 30, 2013

As school food authorities work to implement the USDA's new meal standards, they may face challenges, including limitations in existing kitchen equipment and infrastructure, and in the training and skills of food service staff. This is the first of a series of reports summarizing how schools are putting in place the USDA standards and what challenges they face before they can reach full implementation.

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