About 13 million children across the US -- or 1 in 6 children -- suffer from hunger, which affects their ability to learn. School Nutrition Association President Gay Anderson says many schools are working to curb childhood hunger, including through backpack programs that provide food for students and families over the weekend.
There are many versions of Vietnam's banh mi and Andrea Nguyen shares her formula for a standout sandwich in her book, "Vietnamese Food Any Day." A light bread with a thin crust and sweet flavor goes well with a smear of fat such as avocado, butter or mayonnaise, and a filling composed of protein and crunchy vegetables.
Cava Group has plans to grow both its 80-unit fast-casual Cava Grill concept and Zoe's Kitchen, the Mediterranean chain it acquired for $300 million late last year. Cava Grill also aims to expand distribution of its packaged dips and spreads to Whole Foods Market stores around the US this year.
Schlotzky's has renovated 40 of its restaurants with the new Schlotzsky's Austin Eateries format and will complete the process at the remaining 337 units by the end of the year, President Kelly Roddy said. Changing over to the more upscale design, which also features a new menu, has fueled an average sales increase of 9%.
Restaurants can take several steps to improve their chances of getting local media to cover their news, starting with discovering the best contacts among assignment editors, Shelly Whitehead writes. Her other tips include crafting a pitch with the audience in mind, sending effective photos with the pitch and volunteering staff members to serve as subject matter experts.
Eater's 2019 class of Young Guns signed a pledge to foster respect and inclusion in the restaurant industry. The diverse group of 20-something rising culinary stars includes Francesca Chaney, the 23-year-old owner of vegan comfort food cafe Sol Sips and Portland, Ore., forager and fisherman Jacob Harth, 27.
Landon and Kat Eckles turned their family's need to get more veggies into their diets into a juice and smoothie business called Clean Juice. The parents of five launched their first store four years ago in Charlotte, N.C., and the chain has grown to 58 units with plans to nearly double that by year's end.
An after-school program at a Kentucky middle school is teaching students how to grow food using aquaponics. The "Aquapunx" group is working with a local nonprofit on the project and students hope to draw attention to the importance of growing their own food, especially in places considered to be food deserts.
Students at Shattuck Middle School in Neenah, Wis., are getting a break from their typical gym classes and learning how tough it is to be a firefighter. Local firefighters are leading students through exercises and teaching them CPR basics.
Ideas for reducing the sugar content of a child's Easter basket include swapping out some of the candy for stickers or toys, said registered dietitian Marissa Martinez. Having children wait until after dinner to have treats from their basket also can reduce sugar consumption, Martinez said, and doing a fun activity or going for a walk can help burn off some of the candy calories.
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