Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Wordware, Inc. Announced That the Company Has Entered Into an Exclusive Partnership With FEEZEE

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Wordware, Inc. announced that the company has entered into an exclusive partnership with FEEZEE for proving online payment options to its clients in global market.Wordware’s robust, reliable, and feature-rich School Lunch Software Mayflower LCS1000. FEEZEE is an integrated software platform that manages online payment features in many ways, its single high-security platform for any kind of business. FEEZEE allows end-users to control, manage, monitor, pay safely, prevent unwanted access, maintain compliance, and provide a robust audit trail. Secure payment processing on any device from a leading credit card payment processor.
Wordware’s School Lunch Software Mayflower LCS1000  are designed to integrate seamlessly with current systems, ensuring that existing credentials, readers, and user databases can be retained. The Wordware DataBridge is designed integrate data across multiple software applications within a School District. Our Databridge allows software applications to send information back and forth. The DataBridge allows each of these programs or portals to send information back and forth. With the DataBridge, a school does not need to maintain multiple databases of the same student list, they can maintain one and sync the rest with databridge.
Currently the LCS mayflower works seamlessly with hundreds of Student Information Systems. Many of our customers use Synergy, Infinite Campus, Power School, JMC, Skyward and more. The DataBridge has worked with every SIS that we have encountered.
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“Wordware is excited to announce our partnership with FEEZEE, our exclusive online payment partner for School Lunch Software Solutions all over country,” said Manager  “We truly appreciate FEEZEE’s  expertise and are eager to support their growing channel partner network.  FEEZEE’s solutions, local knowledge, and experience complement our physical access product offerings for the market.
Under this best-of-breeds partnership, Wordware’s School lunch software platform is integrated with online payment gateway. FeeZee helps manage personnel access, online account management, credit card payment  etc. Wordware and FEEZEE will target customers in all kind of schools. These high customers require custom School Lunch Software with  policies that suit their individual needs and hassle-free deployments with seamless integration between software, hardware, and policies. • Easy online application • No complicated software to set up • No software or annual license fees FEEZEE Provides: • Secure, online payment processing from any mobile or internet capable device • Flexible payment options for your customers • An intuitive, easy to use interface • Reporting to help you manage payments • Customer receipts
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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Give Schools the Tools to Solve Cafeteria Challenges

Jessica Donze Black Director, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ child nutrition project

Tyrone Turner: Courtesy of the Robert Wood Johnson
Across our nation, students are settling into back-to-school routines. Between their daily lessons in math, science and reading, there’s another subject important to their academic success but often overlooked and not found on their report cards: nutrition.

Yes, it’s time to talk about lunch.
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Each day more than 30 million American students get their midday meals at school. For much of the last three decades, as the nation’s childhood obesity rate surged, school meals weren’t as healthy as they could have been. But thanks to updated school nutrition standards issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2012 — and the work of innovative nutrition professionals — cafeteria menus are now healthier than ever.
Today, every school lunch includes a serving of fruit or vegetables plus lean protein and foods rich in whole grains. Nearly one-third of schools have self-serve salad bars. And the stronger national nutrition standards have reduced geographic and demographic differences: Before the standards were updated, teenagers at larger schools or campuses with predominantly white enrollments were more likely to have healthy options on daily menus than students at smaller or more racially and ethnically diverse schools. But now, the smaller and more diverse schools have increased their offerings of nutritious items enough to close the gap.
Studies from Connecticut to Texas confirm what many school nutrition professionals are seeing in their lunchrooms. Under the healthier meal standards, more children are choosing and eating fruit and consuming more of their entrees and vegetables, increasing their nutrient intake and decreasing food waste. Parents and students alike support the healthier meals.
But like any classroom, successful nutrition programs and education require the right tools and professional training. Both are in too short supply. As Congress works on a five-year reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act this fall, members should make greater support for training and new equipment a top priority.
When the updated meal standards took effect in 2012, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation surveyed school meal program administrators nationwide and found that 88 percent of districts reported needing at least one new piece of kitchen equipment to serve healthier meals, such as ovens to cook baked potatoes and large-capacity slicers to cut fruit and vegetables. Almost two-thirds reported staff training needs, but only 37 percent said they had the necessary funding to provide the training.
The bipartisan School Food Modernization Act, pending in both chambers of Congress, would address these obstacles to healthy, efficient meal programs. The legislation would help schools obtain loans and grants to finance kitchen updates and training for food service professionals. For a while, Congress has appropriated about $50 million in recent years to help schools purchase new kitchen equipment, availability of these resources has been irregular and limited to a fraction of the almost 100,000 schools in the United States. The modernization bill would bring improved access and predictability for schools seeking assistance with equipment upgrades and staff training.
The difference made by these investments is tangible. Anna Fisher, director of food and nutrition services for the Mount Diablo Unified School District, about 30 miles east of San Francisco, recently made use of a federal grant to help purchase a new serving line that allows students to choose their own food from a display. “We’ve seen that when the children select their own food, less food gets thrown away,” Fisher reports. The grant also helped her district procure a walk-in refrigerator that lets the staff store and serve twice as much fresh produce while reducing energy costs.
It’s clear why large majorities of voters who have children in public schools, as well as adults nationwide, want to maintain the policies spurring this progress. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthy kids learn better. As Congress continues to evaluate the successes and challenges of the Child Nutrition Act, the debate should not be over whether to require that school meals include healthy food. Instead, lawmakers should look at how far schools have come and build on the programs that are working so well.

Parents and advocates call on Mayor de Blasio to fulfill campaign promise of free school lunches for all city schools

De Blasio called universal free lunch a crucial project at a September 2013 campaign stop, but failed to fund the project in his 2016 budget. 
De Blasio called universal free lunch a crucial project at a September 2013 campaign stop, but failed to fund the project in his 2016 budget. 
Johnny kant learn becuz he’s hungry.

A broad coalition of parents and advocates is calling on Mayor de Blasio to fulfill his campaign promise of free school lunches for all city students.

The group, which calls itself the Lunch 4 Learning Campaign’s Parent Caucus, delivered a letter to de Blasio in support of universal free school lunch on Feb. 18.

De Blasio called universal free lunch a crucial project at a September 2013 campaign stop, but failed to fund the project in his 2016 budget.

The mayor has said he does not support the measure because of mixed results from a pilot free-lunch program in the city’s middle schools.

But boosters say universal free lunch will improve academics and reduce the stigma that students face when they sign up for free meals.


“All the city’s wonderful education initiatives will fall flat if children are going through the day hungry,” said Liz Accles, executive director of Community Food Advocates, who is organizing the push for free school lunches. “Children have trouble concentrating if they’re not eating.”

The letter, signed by an influential list of activists from around the city, praises de Blasio for rolling out free lunches at the middle schools. But that’s not enough, the activists say.

“The majority of our city’s children are still unnecessarily subjected to the inequities and stigma encountered in the income-based school lunch system,” the letter says.
Signers of the letter include representatives from more than two dozen parent-teacher associations and local school boards.

Elected officials, including city Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council Education Committee Chairman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), have previously called on de Blasio to institute free lunch at all city schools.

Free lunch is already offered in other cities, including Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia.
De Blasio spokesman Austin Finan said the city already offers free lunch at all stand-alone middle schools and schools for severely disabled kids.

“We are committed to ensuring our students receive healthy meals in school, and will continue to monitor this program,” Finan said.

Here's More Proof The Push For Healthier School Lunches Is Working

A new study shows students are choosing more fruits and vegetables thanks to the national nutrition drive.

Joseph Erbentraut Senior Reporter, The Huffington Post

Credit: Hans Pennink/Associated Press
The University of Washington study shows the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is having a positive impact on students’ nutrition.
The federal government was criticized for sweeping changes to the national student lunch program when it launched the effort to make school meals healthier in 2012 — but new research shows that skepticism may be unwarranted.
There have been widely shared reports of students throwing their food in the trash and complaints that the new nutrition regulations in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which first lady Michelle Obama championedcut portion sizes too dramatically. The criticism caused some pundits to question whether the changes were having their intended impact, arguing that many students were turning their backs on the program.
However, the University of Washington research, released Monday, presents more evidence to the contrary.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, analyzed student meal selections at three middle schools and three high schools in an urban school district of Washington state.
The analysis compared the food students bought during the 16 months of school before the change in school lunch nutritional changes to the purchases made over a period of 15 months afterward. It found that the nutritional quality of the students’ 1.7 million meals — specifically their calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, fiber and protein content — increased 29 percent, while caloric content per gram decreased 13 percent due to the changes.
Additionally, the study, which the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded with additional support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, did not find a statistically significant change in students’ school lunch participation as a result of the changes. 
University of Washington health services professor Donna Johnson, the study’s lead author, believes the report shows that critics’ complaints about the program are not in line with what’s happening on the ground — at least in the school district this analysis considered.
“We have new regulations and they have increased the nutritional quality of these meals,” Johnson told The Huffington Post. “Schools are able to do this and students continue to select these foods and show up for school lunch. It’s a good thing.”
Still, the study appears on the surface to contradict another analysis of the school lunch program changes that attracted an overwhelming amount of media attention last year. 
That study, published in Public Health Reports in September and conducted by University of Vermont researchers, considered the purchasing and consumption patterns of students at two Northeastern elementary schools. It reported that while students were selecting more fruits and vegetables, their consumption of the healthier foods had dropped because a large amount of the produce was being thrown into the garbage. That research prompted The Washington Post to claim the national school lunch program was “in trouble.”
Johnson noted there were key differences between the Vermont study and hers — most notably the difference in ages of participants and the Washington students’ access to a salad bar to choose their own produce rather than being given more limited, less exciting options like whole apples and oranges.
But she said the key takeaway is that how lunchroom staffs are meeting new guidelines matters nearly as much as whether they are in compliance.
“What that says to me is that the implementation is really important,” Johnson said. “We need to be thoughtful about how we meet the letter of the law and actually go beyond that to think about how fruits and vegetables are presented to students.”
The new research has limitations of its own, of course, as it only analyzed one school district in Washington and looked solely at student purchases and not consumption. But Johnson is confident, given the study’s large sample size and the length of time it covered, in the conclusions it’s drawn.
Johnson pointed to two other studies conducted over the past two years that reported, similarly to their analysis, that the new standards have resulted in students eating healthier meals at school.
And ultimately, Johnson said, the legislation is about helping America’s youth establish eating habits that will help them avoid diet-related health concerns. She pointed to a national poll of parents released in 2014 finding that 72 percent of respondents favored the new standards as evidence that the nation is on board with the changes. A second poll released last year reported similar findings.
“Why would we feed our children unhealthy foods? How can you make that argument?” Johnson said. “I think it gets caught up with a lot of the ongoing political dialogues about the role of government. But really, it’s about the health of our children and I think most people get it.”
Joseph Erbentraut covers promising innovations and challenges in the areas of food and water. In addition, Erbentraut explores the evolving ways Americans are identifying and defining themselves. Tips? Email joseph.erbentraut@huffingtonpost.com.

Congress to Vote on Measure that Could Cut School Lunch Access for 200K Kids Locally

Congress is set to vote on Wednesday on a measure that could cause 3 million children nationwide -- including about 200,000 in the tri-state area -- to lose access to free school meals if it passes.
The bill, which would reauthorize the National School Lunch and Child Nutrition acts, includes a proposal that would increase the threshold at which school lunch is offered universally at a school.
Currently, through a measure called "community eligibility," a school's entire student body is eligible for free lunches if at least 40 percent of students qualify. The proposed bill would increase that threshold to 60 percent, putting millions of children across the United States at risk of losing meal access.
The measure could potentially put students in some of the country's poorest communities at risk for missing meals, according to a report issued last month by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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Locally, School District of Philadelphia schools, where 100 percent of students qualify for free lunches according to state statistics, likely would not be affected. But Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools -- and schools in Delaware and New Jersey -- could potentially suffer cuts.

In Pennsylvania overall, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report estimates that 240 schools that have adopted the community eligibility program -- bringing free lunches to more than 132,000 students -- would be affected. In New Jersey, an estimated 29,300 students at 62 schools would be at risk and in Delaware, some 38,000 students in 73 schools could potentially lose their access to school meals.
The report says the measure that allowed schools to opt-in their entire student bodies for school meals simplified administration of the program for schools and decreased the stigma around low-income students getting meals at school, increasing student participation and helping to improve their diets, behavior and academic achievements.
Students are automatically qualified for the school meal program if their families receive the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (colloquially known as SNAP or food stamps), the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program or similar programs. The center report said if the measure is passed, although the schools with the poorest students would likely not see changes to their programs, schools that serve lower-income communities would still suffer.
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"The schools that would no longer qualify for community eligibility serve predominantly low-income students in some of our highest-poverty communities," the report reads. "And, in schools with such high concentrations of poverty, students who don't qualify for free or reduced-price meals are typically not much better off than those who do qualify.

How Safe Are School Lunches?

No one ever confused school lunch with a gourmet meal. But you'd think parents could count on their children getting safe, nutritious food.
When Primetime producers went on surprise inspections of school cafeterias, however, they found stomach-turning conditions that parents never get to see: dead rodents just feet from where food was being prepared, roaches crawling along filthy floors, dishwashers that don't clean children's trays, and food being kept at temperatures where potentially dangerous bacteria can thrive.
Experts who track food safety in schools say such conditions can be found across the country — and that they put children at risk. "Those districts who continue to operate like this are surely going to have a major food-borne illness at some point. It's almost a guarantee," said food consultant Norm Greenberger, who has visited hundreds of school cafeterias.
School Food Illnesses on the Rise
Schools have been feeding children lunch since the National School Lunch Act of 1946. The idea was that nutritious meals would help children grow and learn. But government figures show that over the past decade there have been 300 outbreaks of food illness in schools, affecting 16,000 students — and that such incidents are rising by 10 percent a year.
In 1996, bacteria in spaghetti served at five schools in Sacramento, Calif., made 400 children sick. In 1998, 1,200 students in seven states became ill after eating burritos from a plant in Chicago.
Also in 1998, 12 children became infected with E. coli bacteria that health officials linked to beef tacos served at rural Finley Elementary School in Washington state. One of the children, a 2-year-old girl who doctors believe contracted the infection from a sibling or playmate, was so seriously ill that doctors say she will need kidney transplants before she turns 8.
Starting at the Source
Primetime started its school lunch investigation at the source: the processing plants that supply meat to schools. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the National School Lunch Program, purchases enough food to feed 27 million children every day. The department is also responsible for inspecting every meat plant that supplies schools.
For the Primetime segment, a safety inspector agreed to take a hidden camera to a plant that processes more than a million pounds of chicken for schools each year. The inspector, who requested anonymity, found several chickens with yellow sores indicating an infection under the skin, as well as potentially hazardous fecal matter. The inspector also found filth in machines that box chicken and processing equipment dripping with chicken fat. Documents obtained by Primetime showed that the plant had repeatedly failed tests for salmonella and inspectors say they had demanded improvements, but, they said, the plant kept selling chicken for consumption at schools.
When shown the video, Elsa Murano, the USDA's undersecretary for food safety, said it was "upsetting to say the least." She said the department has "revolutionized" its meat inspection system in the past four or five years, toughening health regulations for plants that process meat.
She confirmed that the USDA sometimes buys meat for the school lunch program from plants that have had health violations in the past, but only if the plants correct the problems "to our satisfaction." In the Finley Elementary School case, the USDA had bought the contaminated beef from a plant that had been cited for 171 critical violations in the previous 18 months.
The USDA buys meat from the lowest bidder that passes government standards, which can cause problems, according to food safety advocate Caroline Smith Dewaal. "The plants that want to sell to the school lunch program are frequently the plants with some of the worst records, because they're the ones who can keep the meat cheap," said Dewaal, food safety director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Cockroaches in the Capital
Even if there are problems at a processing plant, food safety experts say proper handling in school kitchens will kill potentially dangerous bacteria.
But when Primetime accompanied health inspectors on visits to school cafeterias, the inspectors found numerous problems. At Shaw Junior High in Washington, D.C., inspector Ronnie Taylor found two dead rodents just feet away from where workers were preparing pizza for 300 children. Taylor also found cockroaches under a kitchen sink, and a moldy drain that he believed was providing a source of food for the vermin. "The mice, the roaches, will walk across this. It'll become attached to their bodies and legs.... They'll walk across food contact surfaces and tables that are used for prep and they'll contaminate those surfaces," said Taylor, who has been inspecting school cafeterias for 22 years, adding, "This is a terrible situation.... I've never seen it this bad."
According to health experts, roaches can transmit salmonella and dysentery, and rats can also carry disease. Taylor ordered the school to immediately start having meals delivered.
When 14-year-old student Teanna Anderson was shown the conditions in the kitchen, she was horrified. "We're humans. We're not animals. We shouldn't have to eat around stuff like that," she said.
D.C. schools superintendent Paul Vance said he gives the district's schools an overall "B" for food safety. But when shown what Primetime found at Shaw, he said it was "horrific." And when told that two weeks after the inspection the problems had not been fixed, he promised that "consequences will follow." Ten days later, he announced that he had placed Shaw's principal, along with four food workers and the head custodian, on leave pending an internal investigation. The conditions were cleaned up.
Mice in the Suburbs
Primetime also found health violations conditions at Julia Green Elementary in a prosperous suburb of Nashville, Tenn. Inspector Ivone Rodriguez came across one of the most frequent problems inspectors encounter: hot food being kept at the wrong temperature. When she measured turkey fritters, which should be kept warm at 140 degrees or above, she found they were at just 123 degrees. "Leaving it at that temperature for an extended period of time, bacteria can grow and reproduce and then cause an illness," she said, before ordering the cooks to rapidly reheat the fritters.
A test strip revealed that the school's dishwasher did not have any chlorine, meaning it was not sanitizing the plates and removing germs. The school was cited for mouse droppings and insects last spring, and Rodriguez said the latest violations were just as critical.
At Eakin Elementary, also in a well-to-do Nashville suburb, food manager Vanetta Donegan said that last year there so many mice in the kitchen that staff kept a log of rodent sightings. "I'd be sitting at my desk doing paperwork and here they go across the floor. And they'd sit there and look at you like you was crazy, like, what are you doing in their kitchen?," she said.
Nashville school administrators said they have taken care of many of the problems at their schools — including the mice at Eakin — and are working hard to clean up all their cafeterias.
Parents: Check Your Kids' Schools' Kitchen
The parents of the children who were sickened at Finley Elementary in Washington state sued the school district. They won a $4.7 million verdict against the school system, which denies the incident was its fault and has appealed.
One of the sickened students, A.J. Almquist, who was 10 at the time, remembers having nonstop vomiting and bloody diarrhea, and says he was in the worst pain of his life. Since then, his parents have told him to stay away from hot meals at school, and he sits through lunch with just a bottle of water.
"I'm sending my children to school to get a nice hot meal, thinking I'm doing the best thing for him.... And that's what almost killed him, was a school lunch," said Gerri Almquist, A.J.'s mother.
The Almquists have some advice for other parents: When you visit your children's school, don't just go to the classroom to see what they are learning — make sure to go to the cafeteria, to see what they are eating.

Todd Rokita wants to restrict free school lunches

Maureen Groppe and Chelsea Schneider, IndyStar Washington Bureau
There’s a food fight going on in Washington D.C.Rep. Todd Rokita has proposed a bill that would restrict access to free and reduced school meals at public schools.Rokita is focused on changing a portion of the program that allows some schools to pro Nate Chute/IndyStar
WASHINGTON — High-poverty schools would have a harder time qualifying for federal assistance to offer free meals schoolwide under a proposal by Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indianapolis.
The bill, which a House committee will vote on Wednesday,  would raise the share of a school’s students who must be receiving other government aid in order for the school to be eligible to provide meals to all students. Those schools would still be able to provide free meals to students who qualify on an individual basis.
Rokita said the change would target assistance to those most in need, and the savings would be redirected to other nutrition programs for school-age children. The savings would amount to about $1 billion over 10 years.
“We stick it right back into their school,” he said. “I think that’s a pretty creative way to lead on this issue without adding to our $19 trillion in debt.”
The change would affect about 120 Indiana schools — including at least 14 in Marion County — that serve nearly 58,000 students who would no longer qualify for a schoolwide free meal program, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington.
Indiana school officials using the program, known as community eligibility, said it has helped the families they serve.
“We know that there are more students that are eating, especially breakfast,” said Krista Stockman, spokeswoman for Fort Wayne Community Schools, which is feeding more than 21,000 students in schools that would have to go back to the old system under the proposed change. “It is a benefit that puts money directly back into families’ pockets.”
Sara Gasiorowski, director of child nutrition for Wayne Township Schools, with 11 schools participating in the program, said breakfast and lunch are important parts of the academic day for students.
If the program is rescinded, she said, “It would really, really be hard to go backward.”
Students qualify for free meals if their family income is less than 131 percent of the federal poverty level — about $31,800 for a family of four.
Students in families with incomes up to 185 percent of the poverty level receive meals at a reduced cost — no more than 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast.
Students can automatically qualify for a free or reduced-price meal if their family is already receiving certain other types of government assistance, such as food stamps. Otherwise, a student’s family has to show a school their income is low enough to be eligible.
When Congress reauthorized the school meal program in 2010, lawmakers allowed schools to offer free lunches to all students if at least 40 percent of their students automatically qualified for assistance.
Rokita wants to raise that threshold to 60 percent.
“Before you get reimbursed as a school for giving everyone lunch … let’s make sure a majority of them actually qualify for it,” he said.
Although a 40 percent threshold might sound low, it refers only to students who automatically qualify for subsidized meals, said Zoe Neuberger, a senior policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In schools that meet that bar, about two-thirds of the students would qualify if administrators checked household income levels.
Before the community eligibility program, about 70 percent of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ students qualified for free or reduced-price meals. But district officials think a number of other families were either close to meeting the requirements or chose not to fill out the paperwork to receive assistance.
Not having to process student applications or monitor eligibility status in the lunch line saves schools’ resources, advocates say. Per meal costs also can be cheaper through economies of scale by feeding more kids. And serving free meals to all students can remove the stigma some might feel by applying for a subsidy.
Still, not all schools that are eligible for the program use it. That could be because they won’t save enough money to offset the cost of feeding more kids, since the federal government doesn’t pick up the full cost of the meals for all participants. Or schools could still be monitoring the program, which has been available nationwide for just two years.
In Marion County, the schools now offering free lunch to all students are Vision Academy-Riverside, The Challenge Foundation Academy, Arlington in Indianapolis Public Schools and 11 Wayne Township schools, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Rokita said any extra paperwork required for schools going back to the old system would be offset with the flexibility his bill would give them on meeting the tougher nutrition standards set by the 2010 law.
About 60 percent of the more than 760,000 Indiana students who participate in a school lunch program receive a free or reduced-price meal, according to the most recent statistics available from the Food Research & Action Center.
Cynthia Hubert, president and CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, said she’s concerned about any change that could make it harder for students to get fed at school.
“If the children can’t get it there,” she said, “the charitable and private sector can’t do enough to fill that gap.”
One in seven Hoosier households was “food insecure” in the three-year period 2012-14, meaning they had difficulty at some point providing enough food for all family members, according to the Agriculture Department.
Federal spending on child nutrition programs — the largest of which are the school meal programs — has more than doubled since 1990, even after adjusting for inflation. Reasons include population growth, higher reimbursement rates to schools and policy changes.
Spending could grow an additional 26 percent in 10 years because of expected increases in food prices and demographic changes, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated last fall.
The savings from the change Rokita proposes would be spent on improving the summer meals program and increasing schools’ reimbursement rate for the breakfast program.
“When you’re getting a great deal, and you don’t have to do any paperwork for it, yeah, there may be some hesitancy to change,” he said. “But I am leading with a solution that solves a lot of their other problems. I’m just not doing it by adding to the debt.”
Neuberger, of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said it’s a “false choice to say you have to make it harder for low-income kids to get meals during the school year in order to make those improvements.”
“We can make investments in all of the programs,” she said.
Email Maureen Groppe at mgroppe@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mgroppe.

Changes coming to National School Lunch Program, will affect local students

The Education and Workforce Committee approved a bill to change the way the National School Lunch Program works.
However, the bill will still need a full House vote.
Right now, through a measure called community eligibility, a school’s entire student body is eligible for free lunches if at least 40 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
In Cleveland City Schools, all students eat for free – but that will change, and principal Mike Collier says – that’s disappointing.
“It’s going to impact us. I mean, there’s no way that it wouldn’t,” he said.
Right now, if 40 percent of students live in poverty, in a specific school, that school qualified for free meals for all students, paid for by the federal government.
The bill will increase that to 60 percent, meaning Cleveland Middle wouldn’t apply anymore.
Administrators at Cleveland City Schools, like Supervisor of Child Nutrition, Susan Miller, says they’ve known about since January.
“You cannot teach a hungry child. And, so, that’s what we’re here for is to make sure that every child has an opportunity to be prepared to learn everyday,” she said.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a D.C. think- tank, says millions of children across the U.S., and here in our area, are at risk of losing meal access.
The measure could potentially put students in some of the country’s poorest communities at risk for missing meals.
Principal Collier says the school system will do what they can to prevent this from happening.
“Kids are our number one priority. And one way or another – we’re gonna make sure that they have the opportunity to eat breakfast, and we’re gonna make sure they have the opportunity to eat lunch regardless of who they are and what the circumstances are,” he said.
The sponsor of the bill, Representative Todd Rokita, wants the eligibility to change to 60 percent because, he says, they’ll be able to provide summer meals and better breakfasts for those most in need.
But, opponents say some students who do qualify won’t apply because of the social stigma associated with free and reduced lunch.

Friday, 20 May 2016

The National School Lunch Program – pros, cons, and how to get your kids eating healthier Thursday, July 16, 2015 by: Kristina Martin

The National School Lunch Program's supplies meals for over 21 million low-income,

food insecure children around the country. For many, it is the only meal they will eat all day, 
so the USDA created specific guidelines to ensure these students are receiving the most nutritious meal possible.

New Standards for School Lunches

The latest federal program concerning standards for school meals is the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. In its original form, the law authorized the funds to extend current child nutrition programs and free lunch programs for 5 years; updated the nutritional standards to include more whole grains, fruits, veggies, and lean protein; and gave the USDA authority over schools’ nutritional standards and regulations. Plenty of criticism has been leveled at the one-size fits all nature of the law as well as the ability of the government to dictate lunch options. The School Nutrition Association, a corporate sponsored group, has been the most vocal opponent of the act, saying that districts are unable to meet the guidelines and that students are throwing the healthier food away. Despite these claims, a Food Resource and Action Center study found that the low-income students who are the focus of the National School Lunch Program are receiving more benefits from the new law, and the USDA reports that 95% of schools have been able to meet the program requirements. It is possible to get students to eat healthier foods. Schools who have successfully implemented healthier options have done so by slowly introducing these items to students, introducing wheat bread one day and a new vegetable a few weeks later. If no one introduces today’s kids to whole grains, different fruits and veggies, and new foods, the odds of them trying anything new greatly diminishes as they grow older. If we roll back efforts to introduce kids to healthier foods, we will leave our next generation at a serious disadvantage.

Food Education

Yes, schools have a responsibility to feed their students a healthy lunch. In a perfect world, school lunches wouldn’t require students to drink low fat milk and to prioritize grains rather than promoting the lush nutrition and healing power of vegetables and fruits. Food education is often ignored. We have found that many young students can’t even identify common vegetables. But education can make a big difference in the quality of food a child chooses and their willingness to try new foods. How many of the schools serving local food are telling the students what they are doing and what the benefits are? Teaching children how to cook fresh food and how to plant and tend a school garden lays a foundation of healthier attitudes toward food and nutrition. But why should our schools be the only ones introducing children to healthy foods and teaching them how to eat? Learning about food and healthy eating starts at home. There are so many ways you can get your kids excited about eating fruits and veggies and teach them how to be lifelong healthy eaters and by extension enjoy a much better quality of life. The earlier you can introduce your little one to healthy foods, the better. But even if your children have already been introduced to some of our more unsavory food items, here are some tips you can use to turn Mr. Chicken Nuggets and Pizza Girl into kale fiends:
  • Let them cook with you. Even if something is ghastly, kids are much more likely to try it and like it if they are the ones who put in the work.
  • Smoothies are a great way to slowly introduce veggies to resistant kids. A great nutrition powder can be a great addition to those.
  • Turn your little one into a gardener. Gardening will get them outside, teach them patience and responsibility, and get them excited about what they’ve created.
  • Keep offering new foods. Maybe the cauliflower wasn’t successful last time, but that’s no reason not to try it again later.
  • Lastly, be the example! This is so important, because kids are naturally interested in what adults are doing. If your little one sees you snacking on and enjoying carrots and kale chips, they are that much more likely to have positive association and be willing to try them.
Here’s an ultra healthy smoothie that’s kid approved: http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com. For more information on healthy eating, check out the first two sources below. Sources: http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/issue/11-80-raw-food-diet/ http://www.thelunchtray.com http://www.npr.org http://frac.org http://www.fns.usda.gov http://www.fns.usda.gov About the author: Kristina works at Green Lifestyle Market. A few years ago Kristina was no stranger to illness, but she decided to pursue health and vitality through natural means when she became pregnant. She quickly learned that she could prevent morning sickness and other common ailments other pregnant woman experienced with the right diet. After a healthy home birth, and a beautiful child, she never looked back. Kristina has not had so much as a cold since, and at two years old and unvaccinated, neither has her child. She’s passionate about natural health, environmental conservation, and raising her healthy baby without pharmaceuticals.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Hastings Public Schools ensures students have breakfast option

Children at Hastings Public Schools have the option to eat breakfast every day of the school week at school.
The problem, according to district director of finance Jeff Schneider, is the logistics if every student chose to take advantage of the program.
“We’d have to start serving breakfast at 6:30 in the morning to get everyone served,” he told the Hastings Tribune.
Both Hastings and Adams Central public schools offer a breakfast program to all students, both those who pay full price and those participating in the free or reduced lunch program. And while all students have the option, only a small percentage of students in both districts partake.
A report recently released by the Food and Research Action Center ranked Nebraska 49th out of all states and the District of Columbia in participation of eligible children able to receive breakfast at school. The Nebraska School Breakfast Challenge was created in early2012 as a way to encourage an increase in the number of students served across the state. Schneider said the school district always encourages children to have breakfast every day, whether that be at school or home.
The district provides a hot breakfast at all school sites along with cereal, fruit, juice and milk. In January, a total of 13,299 breakfasts were served across the district with about 12,000 of those served to students who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. Those students also pay a reduced rate or receive their breakfast for free.
The number of breakfasts served is about a quarter of the 53,000 lunches served during the same time period.
“What we’ve found is it just depends on what peoples’ schedules are,” Schneider said. “For some people, it works great for their kids to go eat breakfast at 7:45-7:50 a.m. For other people, it just doesn’t.”
Jennifer Pohlson, the principal at AC’s Juniata Elementary, said she agrees that for some students and parents the breakfast program works well.
There are many students who would have to eat breakfast very early to fit into their parents’ schedule and that would mean a longer wait until lunch. With the breakfast program, Pohlson said students can eat and not have to worry about being hungry in their morning classes.
“It’s crucial that they have breakfast, otherwise they’re sitting in class thinking about their stomachs growling and about being hungry instead of concentrating on what they’re supposed to be concentrating on,” she said. “We just need brain food to be able to learn.”
When the school is in the middle of state testing, Pohlson said they will even provide all students with small snacks to help ensure they are concentrating on their work and not their stomachs.
In the Adams Central district, food service manager Angie Nissen ensures there is cereal, yogurt, milk, juice and granola bars or other snacks available for the cold breakfast at each of the three elementary schools.
The middle and high school students have the option of a cold or hot breakfast at the high school where Nissen and the staff serve everything from breakfast pizzas to pancakes and sausage.
“We even do biscuits and gravy,” she said. “That’s one of their favorites.”
At the high school, Nissen said about 50 students take advantage of the breakfast each morning along with other students who purchase a la carte items, including bottled water and juice, cookies, fruit and granola bars.
“We start serving at 7:30-7:40 a.m. and we don’t usually close until the last bell rings,” she said. “Some kids will straggle in and get their water or whatever else they need before class.”
The number of students served is less in the elementary buildings, where 15-20 is the norm. At Hastings Public, Schneider said he’s glad that the number of students served isn’t huge. That’s because it could cause as scheduling nightmare.
Lunchtimes are staggered each day to get all students through the cafeteria in each of the buildings. If all students also ate breakfast, Schneider said students would have to start eating at 6:30 a.m. or sooner.
That’s not to say Schneider doesn’t think the district should serve breakfast. In fact, he thinks the numbers increase a bit in the winter time as students arrive to school early and decide it would be nicer to eat a warm breakfast in the building rather than waiting out in the cold for the bell to ring.
“And it’s there for those that want or need it,” Schneider said. “We don’t turn anybody away.”

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