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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • 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.
  • August 18 2015
    Guest Blog by Thomas J. Smith, Archdiocese of New York – Department of Education -- The primary mission of The Child Nutrition Program, at the Archdiocese of New York-Department of Education, is to ensure that healthy and nutritious meals are provided to our most needy students. Over 20,000 meals are served on a daily basis.
  • August 17 2015
    By Katie Wilson, Deputy Undersecretary, FNCS -- It’s hard to believe the start of the school year is right around the corner. It feels like just yesterday the final bell rang, and students exchanged their pens and pencils for swim trunks and sunglasses. But it’s time for students, teachers and other school staff to get ready for the year ahead, and that includes school nutrition professionals who will soon be tasked with serving healthy school meals to over 30 million students nationwide.
  • August 14 2015
    By Katherine Belcher, Kentucky USDA Rural Development -- Kids in bright summer play clothes come running with smiles and laughter as the white cargo van rolls to a stop near a playground and the rear doors swing open. No, it’s not the ice cream truck. It is something better – the lunch ladies from Kentucky Communities Economic Opportunity Council (KCEOC) Community Action Center delivering bagged lunches filled with fruit, sandwiches, juice and milk.
  • August 13 2015
    By Kacie O’Brien, Farm to School Regional Lead, FNS -- “May I have more kale chips, please?” asked a four-year old preschooler during one of my first site visits as farm to school lead for the Food and Nutrition Service’s Western Region. The preschoolers I was visiting grew and harvested the kale themselves a few feet beyond their classroom door and were enjoying the crisp treat as a snack.
  • August 7 2015
    By Michele Huitric, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service -- Farmers markets create the ultimate win-win-win scenario. They provide consumers access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other foods, while also giving farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers. 
  • Partnering with Faith-Based and Community Organizations to Better Serve People in Need

    By Norah Deluhery, Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships -- At USDA we work through partnerships to provide opportunities to people in need. Through relationships with both faith-based and secular community organizations, we are able to achieve our shared goals representative of America’s core values of caring for each other, including making sure that every family and every child is healthy and hunger free.
  • August 5 2015
    By Sarah Widor, WIC Program Integrity Branch Chief, Food and Nutrition Service -- For more than 40 years, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has provided supplemental foods and nutrition services vital to the health and nutrition of vulnerable moms, newborns and young children.
  • August 4 2015
    By Amanda D. Heitkamp, Public Affairs, Food and Nutrition Service -- WIC works.  But don’t just take it from us.  For more than four decades, WIC has helped produce better pregnancy results, such as increased birth weights and fewer premature births for our nation’s most vulnerable.  And it’s these critical outcomes at the start of life that shape a healthier future for millions of the program’s beneficiaries.
  • August 3 2015
    Guest Blog by Joan Younger Meek, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding -- Breastfeeding is the most beneficial way a mother can nourish her baby. Breastfed infants have reduced risk of infections, asthma, obesity, diabetes, certain childhood cancers, and SIDS, compared with formula fed infants. In addition to its nutritional benefits, breastfeeding supports the baby’s developing immune system and helps to protect against respiratory and intestinal infections.