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The Cost Of A Free Lunch: Why Some School Districts Have To Hike Meal Prices

A cafeteria worker prepares lunch trays for first grade students. Tippecanoe has had to retrain its food service workers because the new guidelines have changed how some entrees are served.

Students in some Indiana school corporations could see steadily increasing school lunch prices in years to come until their districts satisfy a new mandate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, our colleagues at Indiana Public Media report. That’s because USDA officials say some schools are charging less than the $2.86 per meal they receive from the federal […]

How Federal School Lunch Guidelines Are Changing Menus In Indiana Cafeterias

First graders at Wea Ridge Elementary in Lafayette eat lunch on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. Schools in Indiana and across the country are changing what they're serving to meet new federal school lunch guidelines.

What kids are eating in their school lunches has been a topic of discussion since the School Nutrition Association was created in the 1940s. That’s because the guidelines are always changing. New rules handed down earlier this year from the United States Department of Agriculture focus less on calories and fat and more on whether all […]

Homeless Children An Increasing Worry For Indiana School Districts

The downturn at the top of the graph indicates the the first time since 2002 that Indiana has seen a downturn in social service giving

For more than a decade, the number of children living at or below the poverty line has steadily increased by about 1 percent a year. Census data show nearly one in five children in Indiana are living in households with income levels at 50 percent of the federal poverty level.

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