Rural Kids Struggle Under Summer Lunch Program Rules

During summer vacation, many low-income kids depend on free lunch programs. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited a summer meal site in Elmira Thursday to talk up state support for such efforts, but programs in rural Chemung county still struggle with a big challenge. Kids who participate in the government’s free summer meal program must show up at a designated site during scheduled hours to get their food. That can be a problem in rural areas. “During the school year, kids can hop on a school bus,” says Jonathan Fuller, who works at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in Chemung county. “They can come to a centralized location at a school, and that’s where they get their meal service.


Chobani Yogurt Joins National School Lunch Program

Greek yogurt is coming to a school cafeteria near you. Yesterday the U.S. Department of Agriculture added Chobani yogurt to its school lunch program. The company is headquartered in Norwich, New York. Chobani’s nutrition director Robert Post calls the Greek yogurt “nutrient-intense”. The U.S. government apparently agrees.