It's a California State Food Code. Anything that goes on a student's plate, touched or untouched, must be thrown away if uneaten.
According to the California Department of Education, schools across the state are reimbursed $2.77 per student for free and reduced lunches; that's whether they're eaten or thrown... more »
Students at Adam Elementary School in Santa Maria are stuffing the bus for a worthy cause.
The school is teaming up with Ralph Dunlap School and the Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria Valley to collect items for the community. Some of those items include toiletries, non-perishable food, clothing, school... more »
The Santa Maria Bonita School District is leading the way toward making school lunches healthier.
Eighty-eight percent of the kids in the district qualify for the federal lunch program, one of the highest rates on the Central Coast. The rate is so high that the government allows the entire... more »
Hunger is a growing problem along the Central Coast. Many people are out of a job while others are working but still don't make enough to feed their families.
The San Luis Obispo County Foodbank Coalition says need has grown by 25 percent in the last year. An estimated... more »
The Earth Day Food and Wine festival started today with preparations for tomorrow's big event at the Santa Margarita Ranch.
The event features live music, a silent auction, and the chance to kick back and meet the farmers and vintners who strive to be more earth-friendly. A team of... more »
Congresswoman Lois Capps visited with some senior residents at the Union Plaza Apartments in Santa Maria this morning. She was checking up on the lunch program for seniors. The Area Agency on Aging provides funding for the meals. It recently received more than $180,000 in stimulus money to expand its... more »
The Salvation Army was giving away a little joy today to families in need this holiday season.
The organization distributed more than 500 boxes of food and bags of toys. They were handed out until 3pm Wednesday at the Santa Maria Fair Park. Bikes and dolls were two of... more »