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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • September 29 2015
    Guest Blog by Katie Bark, Christine Emerson, and Molly Stenberg, Montana State University -- As USDA’s Team Nutrition celebrates its 20th anniversary, so does Montana Team Nutrition!  Since 1995, MTTN has used funding from USDA to provide nutrition education and technical assistance to school districts across our state.
  • September 16 2015
    By Annie Ceccarini, Program Manager, The People's Garden Initiative and USDA Farmers Market -- It’s “Back-to-School Night” at the USDA Farmers Market on Friday, September 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., in Washington, D.C., near the National Mall.  Market visitors can learn more about healthy eating, reducing food waste or take a trip down memory lane and eat a snack or meal off a planet-friendly disposable lunch tray!
  • September 15 2015
    Guest Blog by Jill Ladd and Emily Brinkman, Kansas State Department of Education -- After receiving a Team Nutrition (TN) training grant in 2013, we implemented our Power Panther Pals nutrition education curriculum in 110 schools across the state. Through this effort, which took place during school year (SY) 2014-2015, we reached more than 13,000 students and garnered important feedback from teachers, students, and other stakeholders
  • September 11 2015
    By Charles Parrott, AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program Deputy Administrator and Dave Tuckwiller, AMS Commodity Procurement Program Director -- Across the country, schools are back in session. Here at the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), our inspectors and procurement specialists work hard to make sure that quality, domestically-produced foods are delivered to students and other recipients for our federal food purchasing programs. 
  • September 10 2015
    Guest Blog by Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, American Public Health Association -- As kids across the country begin a new school year, they’ll be hitting the books to learn important skills to be successful later in life. They’ll also be visiting cafeterias, vending machines and school stores for the foods and beverages they need to fuel their growing bodies and for achieving academic success. With nearly one in three children overweight or obese, it’s critical that healthy meals are available to them throughout the school environment.
  • September 9 2015
    By Janna Raudenbush, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service -- There’s been a lot of talk over the last several years about the nutrition of school meals – where the ingredients come from, how they’re prepared, what the food tastes like, and how the meal is presented. But it’s also important to remember one of the most vital purposes of offering school meals: fighting hunger so kids can focus on learning. 
  • September 9 2015
    By Alisha Coleman-Jensen, USDA Economic Research Service -- In 2014, 14 percent of U.S. households (17.4 million households) had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members because of a lack of financial or other resources. Food insecurity, essentially unchanged from 2013, is down from a high of 14.9 percent measured in 2011.  
  • September 1 2015
    Guest Blog by Jenn Gerard, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District -- Locally-sourced fish baked in fresh herbs and oil topped with a fresh cilantro slaw…It sounds like a dish from a five star restaurant, but it’s just one of many recipes registered dietitian and director of nutrition services Jenn Gerard offers students for lunch in her California school district. Learn how Monterey Peninsula Schools embraced the new nutrition standards, using them as a springboard to enhance their impressive school meals programs.
  • August 31 2015
    Guest Blog by Richard Miles, Seminole County (Fla.) Public Schools -- The Team Up for School Nutrition Success training was an experience that provided me with valuable tools, resources and networking opportunities, along with the motivation and confidence to empower school nutrition professionals, like myself, to create positive changes in our schools and communities.
  • August 31 2015
    By Janna Raudenbush, Public Affairs Specialist, FNS -- When the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act authorized the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), schools in high-poverty areas gained another important tool to fight childhood hunger. By the end of school year 2014-15, the first year CEP was available nationwide, more than half of all eligible schools had already jumped on board.