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Education
7:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

With Fewer Kentucky Students Getting School Meals, New Nutrition Standards Can Pose Challenges

Vegetables served to Virginia school students through the National School Lunch Program.
Credit U.S. Agriculture Department

Since the U.S. Agriculture Department’s new school meal requirements were implemented in 2012, the cost for Jefferson County Public Schools to provide fresh produce has doubled, said Julia Bauscher, the district’s director of school and community nutrition services.

Bauscher said managing the food cost surge is “a challenge”—but for JCPS it’s manageable.

Smaller school districts, however, may be facing more daunting financial circumstances when it comes to incorporating the new school meal standards into cafeterias, Bauscher said.

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Education
10:23 am
Sun September 16, 2012

Will School Lunch Changes Really Make Students Healthier?

There’s a new push on for healthier school food across the country, in the form of a new law called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, aimed at updating nutrition standards in the National School Lunch Program. Those new guidelines start taking effect this year. Will they have the desired result?

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Local News
3:50 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

More Indiana Counties Under Drought Disaster

Photo courtesy of USDA

The lingering drought has led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare a natural disaster in 14 more of Indiana's 92 counties.

The USDA added the north-central Indiana counties today.  Along with adjacent counties, they qualify for low-interest relief loans from the federal government.

Fifty counties earlier had been declared natural disaster areas.  

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