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Chicago public schools start produce passport program

- General News
This semester, elementary students across Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will be the first in the nation to receive produce passports, beginning a new journey as “SnackTime Explorers.”

USDA plans improvements to school meal program

- General News
At the USDA Conversation on Healthy School Meals Roundtable, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced major initiatives at the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will support and enhance the health of America's children through nutritious school meals.

Brighter Bites partners with Sunkist Citrus Growers

- General News
Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit organization that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, partners with Sunkist, the longest-standing agricultural cooperative in the nation, to help improve the health of students and families in the Bakersfield area.

Chartwells K12 releases Top 10 school food trends for 2023

- General News
Culinary experts and registered dietitians from Chartwells K12, a company that serves 2 million meals a day in 4,500 schools across the country, are helping to answer those questions with the company's annual food trends report for 2023.

Brighter Bites announces expansion in Washington, D.C.

- General News
Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit organization that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, announces further expansion within the Washington, D.C. area.

USDA invests $50MM to strengthen school meals

- General News
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service today launched a new and innovative initiative for healthier school meals through a $50 million grant opportunity that will support collaboration with the food industry to develop nutritious, appetizing school meals for students.

Chartwells launches “Veg Out” plant-forward school lunch options

- General News
In surveying school-aged students, Chartwells K12 found 1 in 3 rated vegetarian or vegan options extremely or very important when choosing lunch at school. Thirty-seven percent said they would eat school lunch more often if there were more vegetarian and vegan choices.

USDA invests $80MM to improve nutrition in school meals

- General News
The Biden-Harris Administration today provided $50 million in grants for schools to invest in new food service equipment that will allow them to continue serving nutritious meals.

U.S. Apple Association’s NextGen kicks off silent auction

- General News
The U.S. Apple Association’s NextGen fellows today kicked off a silent auction to benefit USApple’s school nutrition grant program, Apples4Ed.

Fresh Produce Day in grade school

- Analysis
When I was in grade school, every year someone would come from the fire department to talk to the class. It was always a nice break from the usual, and we all got plastic Junior Fire Marshal badges. I wore mine for a week or so thereafter. Of course the real goal was to teach us about fire safety.