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SPS overcomes obstacles to deliver food

Despite a few breaks in the food chain, Spokane Public Schools is finding a way to feed hungry families.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 1, 2020

Spokane Public Schools prepares for weekly meal pickups as USDA extends food programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the extension of a school meal program that has provided free meals to millions of children since schools closed in the spring.

UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Spokane schools to continue feeding hungry kids after USDA extends federal waiver

Responding to the continued need during the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA has extended waivers from federal school meal programs so that schools can continue feeding students affected by building closures.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Bill would expand free lunches to all students in Washington schools where 62.5% already qualify

Children in schools with a high percentage of low-income students would all get free breakfast and lunch while at school, under a bill moving through the Legislature.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Changes to school meal standards could combat food waste but harm anti-obesity efforts, Spokane experts say

Spokane Public Schools nutrition services director sees positives in U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed rule changes to public school meals.

Trump rule may mean 1 million kids lose automatic free lunch

Nearly a million children could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that would reduce the number of people who get food stamps.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Spokane students, districts brace for impact of planned federal tightening of food stamp rules

“If it’s approved, it will impact our students,” said Kim Elkins, director of nutrition services at the Mead school district, where about 1,100 students will be directly affected.

Eating lunch after recess better for students, report says; some Spokane schools in line with recommendation

When it comes to providing students lunches with the most benefits and the least waste, many schools have it backward, a new report from the state Auditor’s Office says.

School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk

The U.S. school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains.

Trump administration halts school lunch salt reduction

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it is pausing enforcement of an Obama-era plan to further reduce the amount of salt in school lunches.

Man who helped pay Spokane school lunch debts looks to raise $600,000 to help more kids

A Washington father who raised nearly $100,000 to cover lunch debt at five Washington school districts is expanding his effort with a new campaign to pay off lunch debt at …

School districts rethink meal debt policies that shame kids

Teaching assistant Kelvin Holt watched as a preschool student fell to the back of a cafeteria line during breakfast in Killeen, Texas, as if trying to hide.

Spokane schools to offer free summer meals to all children under 18

Spokane Public Schools will be offering free meals for children throughout the summer, according to a news release.

Under fire from some health groups, changes to school lunch policies get thumbs up from local school nutritionists

Local school nutritionists applauded changes made to school lunch nutrition policies this week. The changes, which maintain current rules about sodium levels, milk fat content and whole grains, were announced …

UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017

Hey kids, salt stays and grains go in school meals

Schools won’t have to cut more salt from meals just yet and some will be able to serve kids fewer whole grains, under changes to federal nutrition standards announced Monday.

Scratch cooking being used in more Spokane Public Schools kitchens

Pizza, a beloved school lunch staple, has been radically reinvented this year for most Spokane school kids. With the help of a $1 million grant from the Empire Health Foundation, …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015

Spokane school board to vote on raising lunch prices, other budget changes

A budget that the Spokane Public Schools board is expected to approve Wednesday night could increase the price of after school care and school meals.

Spokane Public Schools board budget proposal would hike prices for meals, after-school services

The Spokane Public Schools board are considering options for budget cuts, including raising school lunch prices, and delaying some new programs.

Spokane Public Schools board budget proposal would hike prices for meals, after-school services

The Spokane Public Schools board is considering options for budget cuts, including raising school lunch prices, and delaying some new programs.

Area school districts dish up students’ nutrition

Nutrition directors in Spokane Public Schools, Mead and Coeur d’Alene school districts have worked hard in recent years to make breakfast and lunch options better for students. Pizza, for example, …

Students, officials protest USDA tater-tossing plan

Potatoes are being blacklisted. A proposal by federal nutrition officials to all but rid school meal programs of potatoes in favor of other vegetables and fruits has earned scorn from …

EV district takes fresh approach to lunch

Call it corn shucking or corn husking, the group of eager fifth-graders at East Farms Elementary needed only 10 minutes to make 100 ears of fresh corn bare and prepped …

New school nutrition rules call for less salt and sugar

Salt shakers have been banned from Idaho’s school cafeterias, fatty fried foods are on their way out and whole grains and veggies are in. The start of school this year …

School Lunch

For the week of Jan. 12-16. Post Falls School District