Archive: Food & Nutrition

November 9, 2023

Online Map Will Help Families Locate Local Summer Food Programs

Teenager DeJuan Strickland created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to pay all school lunch debts owed by students at McCurdy Elementary School in Missouri’s Hazelwood School District. Strickland is a former student of the school and shared that it was difficult to not have access to school meals due…

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November 9, 2023

Student Taste Test Helps Shape Missouri School Menus

Woodridge Middle School students in Missouri’s Northwest School District recently were invited to sample school meal offerings from vendors during the “Flavor Fest Taste Test.” During the event, students were asked to weigh in on the samples of offerings such as chili-lime watermelon raisins, garlic Parmesan boneless wings and chocolate…

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November 9, 2023

Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten

USDA Team Nutrition is pleased to announce new and updated Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten resources. Schools and parents can now access the fun and inquiry-based MyPlate nutrition education resources designed specifically for kindergarten-aged children. Team Nutrition has expanded the set to include additional foods, Spanish- language components, and…

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November 9, 2023

School Meal Debt in Missouri District Climbs Past $61k

Student meal debt in Springfield Public Schools, Missouri’s largest school district, has risen since federal meal waivers that enabled universal school meal service expired, with the debt climbing to $61,236 at the end of last semester. The spike in meal debt mirrors a national trend, according to a School Nutrition…

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October 23, 2023

A Whole School Approach to Cultivating Solutionaires

View the Midwest Climate Collaboration with their engagement in dialogue with Midwest schools that have successfully integrated sustainability practices throughout their campus, curriculum, and culture for whole school sustainability. The presentation will examine the Whole-School Sustainability Framework and their take on how schools can move students and communities towards climate…

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July 12, 2023

Missouri MOve Smart

Fit-Tastic! Partner Spotlight video featuring Lisa Farmer and Emily Meissen-Sebelius MOve Smart Child Care is a program that recognizes early care and education (ECE) facilities for following best practices in physical activity with children birth through age five (5). Recognition is awarded by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

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We’ve seen rapid expansion of our after-school activities, [and an] increased [number of] students meeting their healthy fitness zones.
Amy Ruzicka Bayless Schools Superintendent Discusses Bayless Schools 5-year journey leading to growth in school and staff wellness initiatives, incorporating the WSCC model, and expansion in after-school activities.