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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • June 4 2015
    By Armando Vasquez, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service -- Cindy Bomar is a dedicated person; she is dedicated to her job and to her various volunteer organizations.  And most of her charitable efforts are devoted to helping children, especially poor children. 
  • May 29 2015
    By Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service -- Summer vacation is something all kids look forward to, but unfortunately hunger doesn’t take a vacation. More than 21 million American children and teens depend on free or reduced-price school meals during the school year, and when school cafeterias close, many of them lose their most important source of balanced nutrition and are at risk of going hungry.
  • May 28 2015
    By Elizabeth Rahavi, RD, Nutritionist -- As part of Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) is pleased to announce the translation of the ChooseMyPlate 10 Tips resource and MyPlate icon from English into 18 additional languages.
  • May 21 2015
    By Amanda Heitkamp, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service -- Unfortunately, 90 percent of children in the U.S. consume too much sodium.  With that in mind, USDA and our partners are seeking creative ways to reduce sodium content in school meals, yet still keep students healthy and happy.
  • May 20 2015
    Guest blog by Kyle Zimmer, CEO of First Book -- We all know that nutrition is closely tied to school performance.  Brains and bodies need healthy foods to nourish and nurture their development.  While schools play a critical role in providing free and reduced cost breakfasts and lunches during the school year, those needs can be even greater in the summer when children are out of school and families’ limited food budgets need to account for those extra meals.
  • May 19 2015
    By Dave Tuckwiller, AMS Commodity Procurement Program Director -- USDA's commodity purchases play an important role in supporting American agriculture.  One commodity purchasing effort – the USDA Foods Program – purchases about 2 billion pounds of nutritious, domestically produced foods each year and supplies this food to families, schools, food banks, and communities nationwide, also serving as a key tool for combatting hunger.
  • May 18 2015
    By Dr. Katie Wilson, Deputy Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services -- As a former school nutrition director, I can tell you that school nutrition professionals are dedicated to serving nutritious meals to their students and committed to making the new meal patterns work. The new standards require schools to prepare healthier meals for the nearly 31 million children who rely on them each and every school day.
  • May 14 2015
    By Deborah Kane, National Director, USDA Farm to School Program -- They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the digital age we have ample opportunity to document and broadcast every moment, meeting and meal. We have all seen those unappetizing photos of food served at school that quickly go viral. It’s natural to ask, “Is this what they serve for lunch!?” No, it’s really not.
  • May 12 2015
    Guest Blog by Sharon Foley, Whitley County School District, KY -- During the more than two decades I’ve worked in schools, I’ve witnessed what we now know to be true: healthy kids learn better. But I’ll also let you in on a secret: Not only are healthy foods better for our children’s long-term outcomes, kids like healthy foods!
  • May 7 2015
    Guest post by Elly Spinweber, Partnership for a Healthier America -- This spring, a collaboration of companies, celebrities, athletes and foundations launched FNV—a new brand focused on increasing consumption and sales of fruits and vegetables among teens and moms.

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