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D.C. Advances Bill Increasing School Meals Investment, Streamlining Regulations
The Education Committee of the Council of the District of Columbia voted to approve the Healthy Students Amendment Act of 2018 that will provide significant investments in school nutrition while reducing some of the regulatory burden school meals programs face.

More Ohio students eat breakfast in class

More Ohio students eat breakfast in class
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Ohio school districts that switched to offering breakfast in the classroom saw an average 20% increase in program participation, according to the Children's Hunger Alliance. Advocates say breakfast in the classroom eliminates obstacles to having breakfast at school, including stigma and lack of time.

Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)/The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (10/28)


District considers Alternative Meal Policy

Students in a North Carolina school district with outstanding meal balances are served five free hot meals and after those are exceeded, they receive an alternative meal, which also is available to all students to avoid singling anyone out. James Keaten, executive director of school nutrition services, said 90% of students in the district who are not on a free or reduced lunch plan have outstanding balances.

WNCN-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (10/9) 


How do students benefit from breakfast?

How do students benefit from breakfast?
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Between 8% and 12% of elementary- and middle-school students in the US skip breakfast, as do between 20% and 30% of American high-schoolers, according to data from HealthyChildren.org. Studies show that students who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to perform better in school.

Voice of America (9/11) 




Pack water in school lunches to keep children hydrated

Clinical dietitian Brittany Robertson says parents should include water when packing a school lunch so children do not get dehydrated. Half of a child's lunch should be made up of vegetables, Robertson said, and fresh fruit is a healthier option than a juice box.

KOLD-TV (Tucson, Ariz.) (7/30) 

Farmers markets may have to stop accepting SNAP benefit cards

An expired contract may mean Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program beneficiaries will not be able to use their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to buy food at farmers markets. The government's contract with technology company Novo Dia expired in November and the company will stop providing support at the end of July, but Brandon Lipps of the Food and Nutrition Service said the USDA is looking at options to avoid a service disruption.

US ban on artificial trans fats goes into effect

As of this week, artificial trans fats are no longer allowed in US foods, marking a major shift in the manufacturing of food products. Such partially hydrogenated oils used to be present in thousands of foods, but companies have been working to replace them for years, and food producers removed 98% of trans fats between 2015 and 2018, said GMA's Brian Kennedy.

The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/18) 

MA SNA Advocates for Sensible Unpaid Meal Policy

Like many active SNA state affiliates, the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts has been a consistent advocate for school nutrition programs in their state legislature. That’s why when a stakeholder call was convened to discuss a Massachusetts unpaid meal policy bill, Maria Hall, Nutrition and Legislative Chair for the SNA of MA, was invited to the table.

Missouri Unpaid Meals Bill Referred to Committee

Missouri House Bill 1939, among other provisions, requires the service of a reimbursable meal to a student who requests one regardless of the status of an unpaid meal account. The bill was referred to the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

BJH Cafeteria Staff celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness wearing t-shirts made by our very own, Nikki Martin.

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~Sept.10 - 16, 2017~

Batesville Jr. High Cafeteria appreciates the hard work our Brigg's delivery men put in!

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WOW!!! Thanks to our friends at the Dairy Council of California for including

Child Nutrition's Instagram photo from SNA 2017 in this article!