Editor’s Notes

Quietly Making Noise is the title of one of Jimmy Buffet’s songs – those of you who are part of the Parrot Head group may know it. The title aptly…

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FNS Research Corner Summary of Research

The FNS Research Corner provides a continuing series to summarize recently completed and current research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in the area…

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Offering Self-Serve Sliced Apples In Bulk Increases Students’ Consumption And Decreases Apple Waste In Elementary School Cafeterias

The majority of children and adolescents in the United States do not consume the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables (Guenther, Dodd, Reedy, & Krebs-Smith, 2006; Kim, et al., 2014;…

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Cafeteria Perspectives Of A Southern Farm To School Program: Happy Harvests And Room For New Growth

According to National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data from 2007-2010, 60% of children aged 1–18 years did not meet fruit intake recommendations, and 93% did not meet vegetable recommendations…

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Comparison Of Costs Between School And Packed Lunches

Every day over 50 million children, adolescents, and teens attend public school in the United States (U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA], National Center for Education Statistics [NCES], 2017). These students…

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Nutritional Quality Of Foods Served In Child Care Settings

In 2016, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that 64% of children aged 3-5 years received at least one week of non-relative care outside of their homes. Child care…

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Implementation Of Usda Smart Snack Standards In Minnesota Secondary Schools

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP), which are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), were most recently…

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The Impact Of A Smarter Lunchroom Program On Selection Of Fruits And Vegetables By Children In School Cafeterias

All children benefit from healthy eating. Consuming a diet rich in nutrient-dense whole foods is protective against diet related chronic diseases later in life (Fardet & Boirie, 2014). Conversely, it…

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