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The Takeaway

School Lunch in Oregon Depends a Lot on Where You Live

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

With Thanksgiving vacation, many students look forward to a break from school lunch. And in Oregon, what kids get differs a lot between urban and rural schools. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Transforming School Lunch and Changing Lives

Friday, September 05, 2014

Tony Geraci radically changed the school lunch systems in Baltimore and Memphis, using fresh, local foods and getting kids on the farm and in the kitchen.

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The Takeaway

School Lunches Come With a Serving of Politics

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Last year, more than 5 billion school lunches were served to over 30 million students across the country through The National School Lunch Program. In total, more than 224 billion lunches have been served since the program’s start. But with every lunch comes new criticism of the program. Marion Nestle, professor of Nutrition and Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, has given this issue much thought. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the main obstacles to better lunches and what the lunch program of the future should look like.

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Schoolbook

Sound Off: How School Lunch Times Affect Your Children

Monday, February 10, 2014

Headaches, hunger, low energy. That's what parents and teachers reported when asked about the very early lunch times in many crowded school buildings. What do you think: how early is too early for school lunch?

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Schoolbook

Is It Still Lunch at 10:45 a.m.? City Schools Serve Meals at Odd Hours

Monday, February 10, 2014

City data shows that tens of thousands of NYC students are served lunch by 10:45 in the morning. When it comes to chicken nuggets before noon, how early is too early?

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Schoolbook

School Lunch Prices Rise

Monday, September 30, 2013

For the first time in a decade, New York City is raising the price of its school lunches. Starting Monday, students will pay $1.75 instead of a $1.50. But, to offset the hike for some, the city will allow students who previously qualified for a reduced price meals to eat for free.

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WNYC News

Why Free Summer Meals Are Already More Popular Than Last Year

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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The New York City Department of Education has already served about 50,000 more free meals this summer than all of last summer. That’s thanks in large part to one new location: a refrigerated truck outside of a library in Flushing, Queens that has already handed out more than 40,000 meals.

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Schoolbook

Popular Lunch Program Will Be Back in School Kitchens

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Menus designed by celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Michael Anthony are returning to city schools, now that the Department of Education says Wellness in the Schools can keep working in its cafeterias. The city had halted the program out of concern that it would not meet strict new federal nutrition standards but it now says the menus will be tweaked to comply.

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The Takeaway

Flash Forward: Childhood Obesity and the Future of School Lunches

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

A 2011 University of Michigan study of more than a thousand middle school students found that those who regularly ate school lunches were 29 percent more likely to be obese than those who brought lunch from home. Of course, what a child eats for lunch is just one of many factors that determines whether he or she becomes overweight or obese. But many schools' dependence upon revenue from vending machines and brand-name fast-food over the past decade may be a tipping point.

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The Takeaway

School Meals Are Healthier, But Cost Families More

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The federal government wants to make school lunches healthier — which also may mean raising the cost for students in certain areas. The White House's child nutrition bill suggests costs go up by 10 cents at the most, but some places are raising prices more than that. Some people are worried that this might generate some backlash from recession-strapped families. How much should Americans have to pay for a healthy school lunch?

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