Just like for school-based programs, there is a federal program to subsidize lunch and nutritious snacks for childcare centers. But in Mississippi, less than half of centers are participating.
As we noted in Part One of this two-part report, about 17 million kids in the U.S. are in danger of malnutrition, which can trigger behavior problems and stunt brain development. Given the scope of the problem, the importance of subsidized school meals becomes clear … but what happens to needy kids from Friday night through Monday morning? In this second story on student hunger, the SED’s Dan Carsen looks at one solution in Shelby County, Alabama — an approach that’s having some success there and elsewhere.
Roughly 30 million students in the United States rely on federally subsidized school meals. Even so, more than half that number are in real danger of malnutrition. So many kids depending on school for food may seem troubling enough … but what happens when school’s closed? SED reporter Dan Carsen has more on that deceptively simple question as districts across our area prepare for the holidays.
Anthony Geraci is a food and nutrition expert who has a tall order. He oversees the massive central kitchen and the entire food service system for Memphis (Tennessee) City Schools. But he was hired to do more than plan the 100,000 meals served in the school system each day.
School cafeteria workers get a tutorial on organic, sustainable food at urban farm.