Run into more customer service bots lately? Let Marketplace Tech know. More info

California and Maine will offer free public school lunches

Jul 20, 2021
These are the first statewide programs, though some cities already have universal free lunch in schools.
The two states will begin providing free lunches to students in public school during the 2022-23 school year.
George Frey/AFP via Getty Images

Pandemic food program covers students, even on summer break

Jul 6, 2021
The number of summer meals served last July increased by 160%. And this summer, those benefits will be extended.
Karen Ducey/Getty Images

French farmers protest taking meat off Lyon school lunch menu

Mar 30, 2021
Green Party Mayor Grégory Doucet says adopting a single meatless menu helps to make social distancing easier during COVID-19.
Farmers protested the meat ban with a banner reading "Stop ideology in our plates."
Olivier Chassignole/AFP via Getty Images

Schools find new ways to deliver free lunches during pandemic

Dec 1, 2020
Of the 30 million low-income students who are eligible for free lunches, only 15% are currently getting those meals.
A student chaperoned by an adult picks up a meal to go on November 19, 2020 at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 in New York City.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Schools worry that shutdown will affect lunch programs

Jan 23, 2019
The shutdown has school districts worried about their ability to feed students.
The partial government shutdown has school districts worried about their ability to feed students.
ToddNiemann/Getty Images Plus

School lunch's food fight

Apr 15, 2015
Critics say rules on nutritional content make the meals unappealing and costly.

More schools offer free lunches, but who's paying?

Jul 22, 2014
Schools in Texas are trying a new approach by offering free meals to all students.
Students at Yorkshire Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia, sample new school dishes on a menu created to meet new standards.

 
USDA/ Flickr

The future is bright … let’s make it even brighter together.

Be a Marketplace Investor with a donation in any amount today.

Why it's so hard to serve healthy food in schools

Jun 3, 2014
“They’re not going to eat it necessarily just because you put it on their plate."

Making school meals free for everyone

Oct 25, 2013
About half of public school children today qualify for free and reduced-price meals at school. A new federal option allows high-poverty schools to feed all students at no charge.

Picky eaters: Making school meals that kids will eat

Oct 23, 2013
More than half of public school children now qualify for free and reduced-price meals. But getting kids to actually eat school meals can be tough.