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School Nutrition Examines Poverty and Hunger in America

February 1, 2013—An estimated 46.2 million Americans live in poverty; some of them are students who receive free and reduced-price meals at your school. Even so, how much do you know and understand about the prevalence of poverty in your community and across the nation? The February issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, examines the poverty and hunger in America’s communities with an eye toward how school meals can be part of the solution. This issue also takes a look at healthy and versatile one-bowl meals.

Though estimates show that poverty growth in America may be leveling off, children comprise 34% of all people living in poverty. “Poverty & Hunger in the Land of Plenty” explores the breadth of poverty from coast to coast and details what else you can do to address these issues in your community—and across the nation. Bonus Web Content: School nutrition professionals already make such a difference in the lives of the hungry school-age children in their communities. But many of them go above and beyond in their efforts to help provide hunger relief. Don’t miss their exclusive online-only stories.

While summer may be a welcome break, it’s also a time when, based on a family’s circumstances, many kids may not be guaranteed regular access to healthy meals. School nutrition operations can make a difference for these students by offering or contracting for a summer feeding program. Learn about these models and gain advice from colleagues across the country who detail what they have learned about serving summer meals in “Summertime—But the Living Isn’t Always Easy.” Bonus Web Content: In addition to serving summer meals, many school nutrition programs offer afterschool snacks and supper to hungry children in their communities. Find out more about these programs, as well as survey findings that will help to shed light on low participation numbers for summer meals and an overview of USDA’s Seamless Summer Option.

Federal school meal programs make a big difference in providing children with essential nutrition support. But what about when schools are closed? And what about other family members who are going without? That’s where federal programs and relief programs coordinated and funded by nonprofit organizations come in. “Feeding Our Neighbors” presents an overview of such resources, so that you can help to be an information source to children, parents, coworkers and others who may not know where to turn.

Today, just about anything can be served in a bowl, to the delight of school nutrition operators and students alike. Take a look at the success and versatility of bowl meals in K-12 operations and beyond in “Super Bowls.” Bonus Web Content: Learn about industry’s efforts to assist school nutrition operations in offering delicious, innovative bowl items, check out a recipe idea from one of the magazine’s Kitchen Wisdom Panelists and more.

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