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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 [...]

Mailbag: Did Media Hype Fuel Debate Over Beef Filler In School Lunches?

We waded into the debate last week over a kind of beef product found in meals served in schools — a debate that may have flared only because of a nauseating nickname for the product: “pink slime.” We wrote the ammonia-treated beef filler, which industry says consists of meat that couldn’t be previously removed with a [...]

Could Healthier School Lunch Rules Hurt District Budgets?

Critical though they may be in the Obama administration’s effort to combat childhood obesity, some smaller school districts worry new federal health guidelines for school lunches could come at a high cost. From Indiana Public Media: Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation spokesperson Nancy Millspaugh says the district has already been working to make school meals healthier.

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