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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • August 28 2015
    By Christina Conell and Carolyn Smalkowski, FNS -- Fruits and vegetables are at the top of USDA’s back to school list, and just in time for the new school year, the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables is making it easier for schools in eight states to purchase them. The 2014 Farm Bill authorizes the pilot in not more than eight states participating in the National School Lunch Program, and provides them with an opportunity to better access nutritious foods.
  • August 27 2015
    By Amanda Heitkamp, Public Affairs Specialist, FNS -- USDA recently announced the availability of $25 million in National School Lunch Program (NSLP) equipment grants for Fiscal Year 2015. These grants help schools obtain much needed infrastructure to better serve nutritious meals, support food safety efforts, improve energy efficiency, and expand participation in school nutrition programs.
  • August 26 2015
    By Victor Oliveira, Economic Research Service -- Sometimes called the “most important meal of the day” for school-aged children, breakfast is available at nearly 90,000 schools across the country. On an average school day in fiscal 2014, some 13.5 million students participated. The Economic Research Service (ERS) illustrates the growth of the program in a new entry in its popular daily “Charts of Note” series.
  • August 25 2015
    By Janna Raudenbush, Public Affairs Specialist, FNS -- What’s shaking in USDA’s school meals programs?  Delicious and nutritious food, that’s what!  Healthy food does not have to be bland or boring. So what can you do this school year to “spice” things up and take school meals to the next level?
  • August 25 2015
    By Food and Nutrition Information Center Staff -- USDA’s National Agricultural Library has launched a fascinating online collection of historical diet and nutrition publications issued by the U.S. Government. Through this digital collection, users can explore the evolution of American food, diet and nutrition, reflecting the most current science of the time. This unique resource is the first of its kind to offer comprehensive online access to historical government nutrition publications.
  • August 24 2015
    By Whitney Rick, Agricultural Marketing Service -- Meet Jack, a sixth-grader who is eager to become a school nutrition and fitness game changer. He is one of nearly 20,000 student ambassadors with Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60), a program launched by the National Dairy Council and National Football League in collaboration with USDA. FUTP 60 empowers youth like Jack to improve nutrition and physical activity at their schools and in their communities.
  • August 20 2015
    Guest Blog by Tom Adam, Spout Springs School of Enrichment -- Those of us who work in schools know that the lunch line is not the only place where kids get their calories at school. That’s why we were pleased to see the USDA Smart Snacks in School standards go into effect last summer, which applied to food and beverages sold outside of the school meals program, including in-school fundraisers.
  • August 19 2015
    By Dr. Katie Wilson, Deputy Under Secretary, FNCS -- The things that make our country so great and special can be found in the diversity of the people, their ideas, and their culture. One of the ways culture is expressed is through the foods we eat. Our nation’s school meals should be no exception.
  • August 19 2015
    By Janna Raudenbush, Public Affairs Specialist, FNS -- Every day, millions of students across the U.S. walk into school with stomachs growling because they haven’t had enough to eat either that morning or the night before and eagerly anticipate getting a school breakfast.  For many students, school meals are not a luxury or a backup in case they forget to pack a meal; they are a lifeline.
  • August 18 2015
    By Dr. Melissa R. Bailey, Associate Deputy Administrator, AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program -- Sometimes the right blend can change your perception. One of our industry research and promotion programs is remixing school meal items to help change students’ preconceptions and get them to eat healthy foods.