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Free Meal Program Offers Lunch To Needy Students During Summer Months

When classes end for the school year many children lose access to healthy meals — that’s why the effort to offer free summer meals is growing.

06/08/2015

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Good Question: Why Don’t Most Schools Have Recess Before Lunch?

When we were growing up, you always had recess after lunch. But new research shows that children will eat 54 percent more fruits and vegetables at lunch if they eat after recess. “Recess is often held after lunch so children hurry to ‘finish’ so that they can go play. This results in wasted fruits and vegetables,” Dr. David Just of Cornell University said.

01/15/2015

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Wayzata High School Opts Out Of Federal Lunch Program

Any parent will tell you that trying to get kids to eat healthier is tricky business, particularly for teenagers.

09/09/2014

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Twin Cities Schools Launch Minnesota Thursdays

Students in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools will eat lunch food that comes from Minnesota farmers on the first Thursday of every month. School administrators say Minnesota Thursdays stems from the Farm to School programs at both districts.

08/31/2014

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Franken Wants The Federal Gov’t To Cover School Lunch Co-Pay

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken wants the federal government, not the state government, to cover the 40-cent co-pay required if a child can’t come up with the money in the school lunch line.

03/17/2014

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Minn. House Votes To Kick In School Lunch Money

The Minnesota House on Thursday voted unanimously to guarantee children don’t get denied a school lunch for lack of money. The bill, which passed 130-0, gained traction amid reports that some districts either denied lunches to kids who couldn’t afford them or gave them a lesser meal than their peers.

03/13/2014

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Eagan Student Stirs Up Lunch Menu With Research Project

Erik Hillesheim, a senior at Eagan High School, worked with Schwan’s Food Service to develop a research and sales and marketing project for the school’s lunch program.

11/12/2013

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School Lunch Workers Plan Months Ahead Of Time

While lunch is usually a break for students, the WCCO Morning Show team found out just how much work it is for the ladies who serve it up. At Minnetonka High School, they prepare their menus two months ahead of time.

09/10/2013

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Ensuring A School Year Filled With Healthy Lunches

It’s the first day back at school for many children, and that means they’re out of parents’ sight for lunchtime. Whether you pack a lunch or do hot lunch, it can be tricky to make sure you child is eating properly at school.

09/03/2013

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Minn. School’s Adjust To USDA Lunch Guidelines

Minnesota schools are adjusting after the USDA issued new guidelines on the amount of fat and calories contained in snacks made available in lunchrooms.

06/27/2013

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Opinion: Stop, Michelle Obama! The Children Are Hungry

In recent decades, the government has taken to feeding needy children to combat the negativity of trying to learn while being hungry. Now, with new Obama administration regulations on school lunches, we have a government that is causing hunger.

09/26/2012

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New, Healthier Guidelines For School Lunches

It’s almost time for kids to go back to school. And for parents that means time to start packing lunches again.

08/20/2012

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Mpls Students Fed Up With Being Underfed At Lunch

Two sixth grade students, Talia Bradley and Antonia Ritter feel too rushed to eat their school lunch at Minneapolis’ Seward Montessori.

04/30/2012

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Fitness Center, School Team Up For Healthier Lunches

Students at Deephaven Elementary School are getting used to a healthier lunch menu.

09/19/2011

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School Lunch Food Prices Up From Last Year

Monday marked the first day of school for kids in the Minneapolis School District. While parents may have already noticed an increase in the cost of school supplies, a new report shows you can also expect price hikes when packing your kids’ lunchbox.

08/29/2011

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School Lunch Choices Now May Make For Healthier Adults

Packing your child’s school lunch can be quick and easy with all the pre-packaged food options, but what are they doing to your child’s health?

08/24/2011

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Richfield School Wins National Recipe Contest

A Twin Cities school has come out on top of a national recipe contest after 10 months of competition.

07/27/2011

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Richfield School Recipe Picked For National Finals

A recipe developed by Richfield students is one of three finalists in first lady Michelle Obama’s “Recipes for Healthy Kids” competition, a national contest to promote healthy eating among children.

06/16/2011

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Real Meals: School Lunches Getting Healthier Next Fall

Black bean salad, Hawaiian chicken wrap with spinach, roasted beets and vegetables, sounds like a restaurant menu doesn’t it? It’s actually some of the things that will be on the lunch menu for Minnesota school kids next fall.

06/15/2011

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Minn. Company Creates Healthier Pizza For School Lunch Menus

Schwan’s Food Service is launching a new line of products that redefine school lunch pizza. The nutrition standards of the new products meet the USDA’s newly proposed school meal guidelines.

03/07/2011

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Bite Of Minnesota: School Lunches Reformed

Last week I had the chance to tour the St. Paul Public Schools District Facility and meet with some members of the Nutrition Services Department to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of school lunches.

01/18/2011