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March 17, 2010 | By Alfred Lubrano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Charlie Baltimore eyed the pizza in the cafeteria of the High School of the Future with simmering contempt. "In a year," the school administrator vowed, "we're going to eliminate pizza. " Unlike most city schools, the technologically specialized West Philadelphia school has a full kitchen where many meals are prepared practically from scratch. Like just four other schools, it gets $5,000 a year in extra funding from the district to buy fresh produce. There's even a vegetable garden.
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March 21, 1993 | By Karin Braedt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
At a time when school districts are crunching numbers to reduce their budgets, the Woodlynne Public School is studying the possibility of joining with the Oaklyn School District to serve their students lunch. The joint lunch program would allow both school districts to save money, according to school officials. "It would help us reduce costs, by defining the areas we could jointly do together," said Howard Davidson, the Woodlynne school board president. Woodlynne has a lunch contract with Blue Ribbon Services, which prepares the food and delivers it to the school.
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May 14, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
The Camden School District announced another round of layoffs and personnel moves Thursday, affecting 154 teachers and support staff. The state-run district said it was laying off 22 teachers; 27 school staff, including custodians, security guards, and clerks; and 29 members of the central office staff. A spokesman for Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard said the cuts were needed to help plug a projected $39 million budget gap for the 2016-17 school year. The cuts were announced Thursday night at the advisory school board's meeting at Dudley School.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
As soon as lunch ended, a little girl moved quickly to gather up a bag of leftovers: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, oranges, and juice boxes. Her stash, she stated matter of factly, was for later, when summer camp at Camden Community Charter School in North Camden was over for the day. "This is so I don't starve when I get home," the 7-year-old with big, soulful brown eyes told a counselor. "Sometimes my mom runs out of food. " She is among thousands of children who participate in a summer meals program, run by the Food Bank of South Jersey, that provides breakfast, lunch, or snacks at schools, summer programs, parks, swimming pools, or anywhere children hang out during the summer.
NEWS
June 25, 2010
Summer is the hungriest time of year for children in the city, according to the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. School is out, and tens of thousands of low-income students can no longer rely on school meals. To fill the gap, on Friday Mayor Nutter announced the start of this year's free summer meals program. "When young people have empty stomachs," Nutter said, "it is harder to fill their minds with information and knowledge, and their days with constructive learning and play.
NEWS
September 18, 2009 | By John Weidman and Donald F. Schwarz
Philadelphia's congressional delegation worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently to save the Universal Feeding Program, which makes it easier for Philadelphia students to receive free school meals. Given the importance of those school meals to the health of children, it doesn't make sense to sell soda and junk food from the vending machines in the hallway leading to the cafeteria. We need to increase participation in school breakfast and lunch programs while getting rid of the junk food that competes with school meals.
NEWS
June 18, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
First, the nation agreed that its children are too heavy and unhealthy. Then, the federal government - Democrats and Republicans together channeling scientific research - hammered out ideas to reduce fat, calories, and salt in school meals. Now, that harmonious effort is splintering as a food fight embroiling Congress, health professionals, the White House, and even cafeteria workers threatens to rage through the summer and disrupt lunch period come September. In an odd twist, the School Nutrition Association (SNA)
NEWS
October 3, 2011
It's a shame that thousands of youngsters in New Jersey public schools are needlessly missing a chance to start their day with a nutritious breakfast. New Jersey has one of the lowest school breakfast participation rates in the country. For the 2009-10 school year, only 28.7 percent of the eligible children statewide received a free or reduced-price school breakfast. Districts are doing a much better job with lunch, with 77.8 percent of eligible children statewide receiving meals, but there is still room for improvement.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Valerie Brown Traoré and Glenn Bergman
Thousands of parents aren't celebrating the arrival of summer. They're dreading it. That's because 300,000 children in our area will lose their school meals this summer, and local food banks, emergency kitchens, and pantries are bracing for the dire need about to hit. How bad is the problem? In Camden, Philadelphia, and the surrounding areas, hunger is almost twice as pervasive as in the rest of the country. Here, a staggering one in four people face hunger; nationwide, the number is one in seven.
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July 29, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
As soon as lunch ended, a little girl moved quickly to gather up a bag of leftovers: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, oranges, and juice boxes. Her stash, she stated matter of factly, was for later, when summer camp at Camden Community Charter School in North Camden was over for the day. "This is so I don't starve when I get home," the 7-year-old with big, soulful brown eyes told a counselor. "Sometimes my mom runs out of food. " She is among thousands of children who participate in a summer meals program, run by the Food Bank of South Jersey, that provides breakfast, lunch, or snacks at schools, summer programs, parks, swimming pools, or anywhere children hang out during the summer.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Valerie Brown Traoré and Glenn Bergman
Thousands of parents aren't celebrating the arrival of summer. They're dreading it. That's because 300,000 children in our area will lose their school meals this summer, and local food banks, emergency kitchens, and pantries are bracing for the dire need about to hit. How bad is the problem? In Camden, Philadelphia, and the surrounding areas, hunger is almost twice as pervasive as in the rest of the country. Here, a staggering one in four people face hunger; nationwide, the number is one in seven.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
The Camden School District announced another round of layoffs and personnel moves Thursday, affecting 154 teachers and support staff. The state-run district said it was laying off 22 teachers; 27 school staff, including custodians, security guards, and clerks; and 29 members of the central office staff. A spokesman for Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard said the cuts were needed to help plug a projected $39 million budget gap for the 2016-17 school year. The cuts were announced Thursday night at the advisory school board's meeting at Dudley School.
NEWS
June 18, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
First, the nation agreed that its children are too heavy and unhealthy. Then, the federal government - Democrats and Republicans together channeling scientific research - hammered out ideas to reduce fat, calories, and salt in school meals. Now, that harmonious effort is splintering as a food fight embroiling Congress, health professionals, the White House, and even cafeteria workers threatens to rage through the summer and disrupt lunch period come September. In an odd twist, the School Nutrition Association (SNA)
FOOD
February 21, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Students in Penny Greenberg's culinary-arts classes have a term for the hoagies, pizza, and chicken nuggets served in the cafeteria. "They call it 'freebie food,' " said Greenberg, who teaches at Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School. Almost all of its students are eligible for free lunches - and although some think the food is OK, others apparently feel they're getting what they've paid for. In the next month or so, though, the menu at Dobbins will get a special addition: Louisiana-style spicy chicken with collard greens and served with red beans and rice.
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | Inquirer Staff Writer
  By Alfred Lubrano   In his recent annual budget proposal for fiscal year 2014, President Obama calls for fixing the so-called "hunger cliff. "   This refers to a provision that would, if not altered, take away $20 to $25 a month from food-stamp recipients across America on Nov. 1.   The cut was originally made to pay for improvements in school meals to combat obesity. Obama at the time pledged to restore the funding cut when he could. He's now making good on that pledge.
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Children who eat breakfast in school do better in math and miss fewer class days than those who don't, according to a new national study released Wednesday. "The simple act of feeding kids a healthy school breakfast can have a dramatic impact on their academic, health, and economic futures," the study concluded. The report was created for Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America through its No Kid Hungry campaign. The study, called "Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis," was done pro bono by Deloitte, an accounting consulting firm that also performs community-service work.
NEWS
November 23, 2012 | By Katie Zezima, Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - Mayor Cory Booker and a Twitter follower plan to try to live on food stamps for at least a week, the mayor has announced. The idea stemmed from a back-and-forth conversation between Booker and a woman who goes by the name TwitWit and uses the handle @MWadeNC. They began talking about the idea Sunday night while discussing the role the government should play in funding school breakfast and lunch programs. Booker said Tuesday that he intended to follow through with the plan.
NEWS
January 26, 2012 | By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years means most offerings - including the always popular pizza - will come with less sodium, more whole grains, and a wider selection of fruits and vegetables on the side. First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new guidelines during a visit Wednesday with elementary students. Michelle Obama, also joined by celebrity chef Rachael Ray, said youngsters would learn better if they don't have growling stomachs at school.
NEWS
October 3, 2011
It's a shame that thousands of youngsters in New Jersey public schools are needlessly missing a chance to start their day with a nutritious breakfast. New Jersey has one of the lowest school breakfast participation rates in the country. For the 2009-10 school year, only 28.7 percent of the eligible children statewide received a free or reduced-price school breakfast. Districts are doing a much better job with lunch, with 77.8 percent of eligible children statewide receiving meals, but there is still room for improvement.
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