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FLPC’s Upcoming School Food Toolkit Noted in Harvard Political Review Article

Harvard Political Review spoke with the Food Law and Policy Clinic director Emily Broad Leib on the federal school meal program for their August 24, 2015 article “Food for Thought” written by Christopher Cruz.  The article looks at the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 and the more recent Summer Food Service Program, and the challenges associated with implementation for school districts.

Excerpt from article:

“While the Summer Food Service Program helps reduce child hunger by providing summer meals to 3.8 million children, this number pales in comparison to the 21 million that rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. This alarming reality has lead the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Education to launch a campaign to encourage local governments and schools to partner with community leaders to provide summer meals. Using social media to promote the campaign and providing a toolkit for so-called “Summer Meal Champions,” the two agencies hope that the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Summer Food Service Program will be marked by a 13 million-meal increase over last year’s performance…

…As Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation deputy director Emily Broad Leib told the HPR, fully funding summer meal programs is also an issue: “There’s a per-meal reimbursement but not really additional money for the time spent by the people running and administering the program.” Some school districts that successfully implement a summer meal program often only do so for a portion of the summer due to the administrative challenges…

…The Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation is currently working to produce a toolkit to improve school food and nutrition education at the state and local level. Broad Leib said that a central component will discuss changing school food culture so that students become more educated about what they eat and more eager to eat the healthier options they are served.”

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