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Helping Schools Build Better Cafeterias

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 12/18/2013 - 6:25pm
As a former school nutrition director, I am amazed when I visit schools around the country and repeatedly witness students clamoring for items like baked kale chips—who would have ever thought that was possible?  Truly, schools have done an absolutely tremendous job of implementing the new meal standards resulting from the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids [...]

A One-Stop Shop for Organics, with Lots in Store

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 12/18/2013 - 12:19pm
As an organic farmer, I know how frustrating it can be to search the internet for information that might help my operation. It might be there somewhere but finding it takes precious time, especially if I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for.  Now, USDA has solved part of that problem with a centralized web [...]

MyPlate Holiday Makeover – Week 5

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 12/16/2013 - 5:34pm
The MyPlate Team continues to share “Makeover Monday” recipes each week on the USDA blog and the MyPlate Facebook page through January 6th. We love serving cranberry sauce as a sweet side with our holiday meals — but, traditional cranberry sauce can be a little too sweet. This year we decided to try something new [...]

The Faces of Agriculture – A Glimpse of What the Farm Bill Means to Our Nation

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 12/16/2013 - 5:34pm
A life of farming—whether you grow up in it or are called to it later in life—takes a special kind of commitment and sense of responsibility. The reward is just as unique and appeals only to a handful of people who are willing to literally roll up their sleeves and work hard at a physically- [...]

Mail Order Madness: Sending and Receiving Those Food Gifts

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 12/16/2013 - 5:34pm
It seems like the holidays come earlier every year. One way to reduce the stress of gift giving is to shop online or from catalogs. Food gifts are extremely popular because the recipient gets to enjoy the gift twice – first as a lovely gift, and second by serving and sharing it with family and [...]

La Locura Por Correo: Enviando y Recibiendo los Regalos de Alimentos

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 12/16/2013 - 5:34pm
Parece que los días navideños llegan más temprano cada año. Un modo de reducir la tensión de comprar regalos es hacer compras en línea o por catálogos. Los regalos de alimentos son muy populares porque el recipiente consigue disfrutar del regalo dos veces – primero como un regalo maravilloso y segundo sirviendo y compartiéndolo con [...]

FNS Takes Nutrition Message to DC United’s Youth Soccer Event

USDA FNS Blog - Thu, 12/12/2013 - 10:00pm
The DC United Soccer Club held its “Fall Kick” a couple weeks ago and I was happy to attend and help them mark the end of the fall season. The “Fall Kick” brought together youth ages 6-12 from across the District and Maryland to RFK stadium making it a perfect event to reach out to [...]

Giving the Gift of a Healthier Future this Holiday Season

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 12/11/2013 - 9:33pm
The following OpEd was posted by Huffington Post this afternoon: No one should go hungry in America, and certainly no child should go hungry, especially at the holidays. We know kids who have access to proper nutrition and develop healthy habits at an early age have a competitive advantage in the classroom and later in [...]

No Permitas que las Bacterias Arruinen tu Fiesta

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 12/11/2013 - 3:28pm
Quienes están listos para una fiesta, no se imaginan enfermos en cama poco después de esta. Pero eso es lo que pudiera ocurrir si la comida en los “buffets” no es manejada y servida con inocuidad. Las bacterias son aguafiestas y el único regalo que traen es una enfermedad transmitida por los alimentos. ¿Cómo es [...]

Don’t Let Bacteria Crash Your Party

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 12/11/2013 - 3:28pm
People dressed for a holiday party don’t picture themselves sick in bed shortly after the festivities, but that’s what could happen if food on party buffets isn’t handled and served safely. Bacteria are party crashers, and the only housewarming gift they bring is foodborne illness. How do bacteria crash parties? They hitch a ride on [...]

Reporte USDA: Programa WIC aumenta la lactancia materna, llega a los más necesitados

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 12/11/2013 - 3:28pm
Los programas de nutrición del USDA (por siglas en inglés) proveen acceso a una dieta saludable a millones de americanos elegibles para las ayudas cada mes. Ya sea en escuelas, centros comunitarios o en casas de todo el país, estos programas trabajan en conjunto como una red de seguridad nutritiva para asegurar que ningún americano [...]

USDA Report: WIC Boosts Breastfeeding, Reaches Those in Need

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 12/11/2013 - 3:28pm
USDA’s nutrition assistance programs provide access to a healthy diet for millions of eligible Americans each month. Whether in schools, community feeding sites, or in households across the country, they comprise a nutrition safety net to ensure that no eligible American goes hungry. In my opinion the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and [...]

Enviando Regalos de Alimentos a Miembros de Las Fuerzas Armadas

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 12/09/2013 - 8:47pm
Pasar los días navideños en el hogar no será posible para muchos miembros de las fuerzas armadas. Así que la segunda mejor opción es recibir saludos y regalos comestibles de parte de familiares. Varios alimentos son inocuos para mandar por el correo en tanto se tenga el nombre y dirección del militar estacionado en el [...]

MyPlate Holiday Leftovers – MyPlate Holiday Makeover Week 4

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 12/09/2013 - 2:44pm
The MyPlate Team continues to share “Makeover Monday” recipes each week on the USDA blog and the MyPlate Facebook page through January 6th. Our family loves the savory flavors of traditional holiday meals. However, after a few rounds of leftovers, it’s great to be able to mix things up with a new twist on the [...]

Quality You Can Trust

USDA FNS Blog - Fri, 12/06/2013 - 1:12pm
When you think of what really makes fruit and vegetables stand out it usually comes down to quality.  Determining quality – making sure your fresh food looks, smells, feels and tastes just the way you expect it to – is what USDA’s Quality Monitoring Program (QMP) does. The program, run by the Agricultural Marketing Service [...]

Tips on Sending Food Gifts to U.S. Military

USDA FNS Blog - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 7:01pm
Being home for the holidays will not be possible this year for many American armed forces. The next best thing may be receiving greetings and gifts of food items. Many foods are safe to mail. However, you must have the name and address of a military person stationed overseas. Because of security risks, the U.S. [...]

Haga Rendir su Presupuesto de Alimentos Durante Los Días Festivos

USDA FNS Blog - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 7:01pm
Los días festivos son una buena ocasión para reunirse  con familia y amigos. Pero cuando no se cuenta con tiempo y el presupuesto es limitado, preparar comidas saludables  se convierte en un reto. Teniendo esto en cuenta, el USDA ofrece consejos saludables con el interés de ofrecer alternativas fáciles y  de bajo costo que toda [...]

Reflecting on Hunger this Holiday Season

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 12/04/2013 - 6:39pm
A new op-ed, regarding hunger and the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was pushed this afternoon on the Huffington Post. Last week, I wrote about the continued need for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), particularly in the wake of the automatic benefit cuts that began on November 1. It is fortunately the time [...]

Stretching a Holiday Food Budget during the Busy Holiday Season

USDA FNS Blog - Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:04pm
Holiday celebrations are a great time to gather with family and friends.  But when you’re on a tight budget and pressed for time, it can be challenging to prepare a nutritious, timely meal for your loved ones.  With that in mind, USDA offers these healthy tips for creating low-cost meals your whole family will enjoy: [...]

Reinvent Your Holiday Stuffing With MyPlate – MyPlate Holiday Makeover Week 3

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 12/02/2013 - 5:48pm
The MyPlate Team continues to share “Makeover Monday” recipes each week on the USDA blog and the MyPlate Facebook page through January 6th. Looking back, my fondest childhood memories took place during the holidays. I remember the smell of food cooking from the oven, the sound of the football game on TV, and my grandmother’s [...]