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Report: Oregon making progress with school food, but still room for improvement

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Oregon is making progress overall in providing healthy meals to students, but there is still room for improvement, according to a report released Wednesday

The report highlighted the state’s achievements, such as allocating $4.5 million in grant funds for school districts to buy local produced foods, having 95 percent of Oregon schools offer breakfast programs and all schools offer "breakfast after the bell" programs, and a state program allowing an additional 30,000 Oregon children from low-income families access to free breakfast and lunch at school.

The report said the state met satisfactory marks for not having any junk food sold to students in public schools, for having 600 schools with gardens and for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals taking advantage of the program.

Oregon school still need to block companies from advertising junk food to students, add more access to water as free option and increase the use of free breakfast programs by eligible students, the report noted.

The full report card is available on OregonHunger.org, and was compiled by Upstream Public Health, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and the American Heart Association. 

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