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Hunger In Our Schools: Breakfast Is A Crucial “School Supply” For Kids In Need

USDA FNS Blog - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:00pm
Good nutrition is just as important to a child’s future as a quality education—maybe even more so. We can’t expect kids to learn, excel and achieve if they aren’t properly nourished from day one. Share Our Strength’s new report, Hunger in Our Schools, illustrates how the healthier school breakfasts and lunches are working to address [...]

Investing in Rural Kids Is an Investment in Our Future

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:00pm
Cross-posted from the White House Rural Council blog: “Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we build an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead? … This country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, [...]

National Nutrition Month: Raising a Healthier Generation through Diet, Education

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:00pm
We all want our children to succeed.  It’s an important value and one the entire country can rally around.  This March we’re redoubling our efforts to that commitment by celebrating National Nutrition Month and the importance of raising a healthier generation of kids. It’s our collective responsibility to ensure the next generation has access to [...]

Small Start-Up Brings Big Change for Philly Communities

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:00pm
It all started with one truck—one truck and the idea that bringing fresh, healthy foods into Philly communities was just a question of coordination.  For Haile Johnston and his wife, Tatiana Garcia-Granados, founding Common Market was the logical solution to solve the food access issues they saw in the communities around them. “The core of [...]

Teach Healthier Meals in a SNAP!

USDA FNS Blog - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:00pm
This is the fourth installment of the What’s Cooking? Blog Series. In honor of the Let’s Move 5th Anniversary, and the commitment USDA shares with Let’s Move to promote healthy eating and access to healthy foods, this month-long series will highlight the various features of the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl recipe website. Attention nutrition [...]

What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl: A Collection of Recipes for Schools and Child Care Centers

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:00pm
This is the third installment of the What’s Cooking? Blog Series. In honor of the Let’s Move 5th Anniversary, and the commitment USDA shares with Let’s Move to promote healthy eating and access to healthy foods, this month-long series will high­­light the various features of the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl recipe website. USDA Food, [...]

What’s Cooking with USDA Foods?

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:00pm
This is the second installment of the What’s Cooking? Blog Series. In honor of the Let’s Move 5th Anniversary, and the commitment USDA shares with Let’s Move to promote healthy eating and access to healthy foods, this month-long series will high­­light the various features of the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl recipe website. Family gatherings [...]

Montana Organic Association Focuses on the Benefits of Organic Business

USDA FNS Blog - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 1:00pm
This is the twenty-third installment of the Organic 101 series that explores different aspects of the USDA organic regulations. According to a 2014 USDA Economic Research Service report, consumer demand for organically produced products continues to show double-digit growth.  This year, the Montana Organic Association’s (MOA) annual meeting highlighted the sector’s ongoing growth with its [...]

USDA Supports California’s Efforts to Improve the Nutrition and Health of Low-Income Pregnant Women, New Mothers, Infants and Young Children; Lifts Ban on Stores

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 9:00pm
This month, nearly 1.4 million women, infants and children in California have greater access to the healthy foods provided through the state’s Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program. In 2012, USDA notified the California Department of Public Health that it must continue a self-imposed moratorium on the authorization of stores to accept WIC. The moratorium [...]

Let’s Move Into the Kitchen and See What’s Cooking

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 9:00pm
This is the first installment of the What’s Cooking? Blog Series. In honor of the Let’s Move 5th Anniversary, and the commitment USDA shares with Let’s Move to promote healthy eating and access to healthy foods, this month-long series will high­­light the various features of the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl recipe website. Did you [...]

Grant Workshops Continue USDA’s Solid Investment into Local Food Sector

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 1:00pm
A year ago, President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) into law. Equipped with resources from the Bill, USDA continues to support the growth of farmers markets and local and regional food systems. In fact, last year the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), awarded over $27 million in competitive grants to expand marketing [...]

Super Bowl “Super Kid” Promotes Exercise, Healthy Eating

USDA FNS Blog - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 1:00pm
Minutes before the National Football League (NFL) teams of Super Bowl XLIX took the field, a middle school student from Orlando, Fla., had the honor of handing the game ball to an NFL official for the kickoff. But Bobby did much more than hand off that football. As this year’s NFL Play 60 “Super Kid,” [...]

Local Food Systems: What Do We Know About National Trends?

USDA FNS Blog - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 1:00pm
This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from USDA’s rich science and research portfolio. American consumers are enjoying increasingly more opportunities to buy food directly from farmers and to patronize grocery stores and restaurants that offer local foods. [...]

‘Five Faces of the Farm Bill’ Series and New Multimedia Channel Bring the Farm Bill to Life

USDA FNS Blog - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 1:00pm
Today, we begin a month-long effort to highlight the one-year anniversary of the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill, by launching a new multimedia channel packed with compelling stories, stunning photography and even a personal note from Secretary Vilsack to USDA’s friends, partners and staff; “It is because of you that [...]

Avocados: Helping Draw up the Perfect Recipe for the Big Game

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:00pm
The Super Bowl is next Sunday and people are busy making plans for the big game. For many, the most valuable player will be the avocado, which is quickly becoming a fan favorite. In fact, it’s estimated that Americans will consume 120 million pounds or 240 million fresh avocados during the week leading up to [...]

Summer Sunshine Award Winners!

USDA FNS Blog - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:00pm
It may be the middle of winter, but at USDA, we like to celebrate the success of our Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) all year long.  Therefore, the Western Regional Office is thrilled to announce the winners and honorable mentions of the 2014 Summer Sunshine Awards.  A total of eight organizations across the region received [...]

USDA Foods Hatches New Chicken Product for Schools

USDA FNS Blog - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 1:00pm
School lunches have evolved since many of our childhood days to keep pace with new dietary guidelines and school meal patterns, but one food has been an enduring component: chicken.  The popular protein graces the center of the plate in a variety of forms and flavors, and the new USDA Foods unseasoned chicken strip provides [...]

Meet Your Wellness Goals in the New Year with the USDA DRI Calculator for Healthcare Professionals App

USDA FNS Blog - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:00pm
This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from USDA’s rich science and research portfolio. The USDA National Agricultural Library’s (NAL) Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) today launched its mobile application, or “app,” which calculates Dietary Reference Intakes [...]

Culinary Boot Camps: Designed to Foster a Healthier Next Generation

USDA FNS Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 1:00pm
The following guest blog is part of our Cafeteria Stories series, highlighting the efforts of hard working school nutrition professionals dedicated to making the healthy choice the easy choice at schools across the country.  We thank them for sharing their stories! To learn more about FNS nutrition assistance efforts, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usdanutrition [...]

South Carolina Features Supreme Chicken Sandwich in School Lunch

USDA FNS Blog - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 9:00pm
It’s not surprising that chicken, the most popular meat for kids, is being served in school cafeterias across the nation.  However, in Columbia, S.C., locally sourced chicken has taken center stage on school meal trays in an effort to increase the state’s Farm to School programming. South Carolina’s District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties [...]

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