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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • January 7 2015
    Beginning in August, food banks across the country competed to see who could sign up the most food donors to the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. From among the 200 food banks in the Feeding America network, the champion is City Harvest in New York City  by signing up 114 donors to the Challenge. City Harvest will meet with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and will be awarded tickets to attend either an NBA or NHL game in Washington. Since 2011, MSE has recovered and donated 7,377 pounds of food from its events to D.C. Central Kitchen, which translates to approximately 5,600 meals.
  • December 1 2014
    By Kate Wobbekind, Program Coordinator, Office of Food and Nutrition Services, District of Columbia -- The need to serve healthy meals to the 47,000 students in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is not just a requirement but an opportunity. Eight out of 10 students in our schools are eligible to receive free and reduced priced meals through the National School Lunch, and all of our students receive free breakfast through the School Breakfast Programs thanks to the D.C. Healthy Schools Act of 2010. 
  • November 20 2014
    By Jessica Shahin, Associate Administrator for SNAP -- SNAP continues to serve as the first line of defense against hunger in the United States. Half a century ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964, making the Food Stamp Program (FSP), which at the time was a series of pilot projects, permanent. Despite the post-World War II economic boom felt by many Americans, some rural and urban areas of the country experienced extreme poverty as well as limited access to nutritious, affordable food.  
  • October 15 2014
    By Jessica Shahin, Associate Administrator for SNAP -- On August 31, 1964, President Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 as a centerpiece of his War on Poverty.  Due to the Food Stamp Act of 1964, the Food Stamp Program, now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), became permanent. This action and others, such as the establishment of the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (a program celebrating 40 years this year), resulted in marked improvement in the diets of the poor during the late 1960 and into the mid 1970s.    
  • October 10 2014
    By Deborah Kane, National Director, USDA Farm to School Program -- What a day! The Minneapolis Public Schools’ third annual Farm to School Community BBQ took place under bright skies on a crisp autumn day. Over 750 families and community members gathered with over 50 organizational partners to celebrate MPS’ great work in getting local food into school cafeterias. I competed against the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in a corn shucking contest. We were neck and neck – or ear to ear – but I ultimately lost the race.  Luckily, the children are winning big!
  • October 8 2014
    By Audrey Rowe, Administrator, FNS -- Healthy habits are taking root in our nation’s schools.  Thanks to an important commitment made possible by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, more of our nation’s kids are being exposed to lessons about healthy eating and learning where their food comes from. Established as part of that legislation, USDA’s Farm to School Program plays a vital role in improving health outcomes for our schoolchildren.
  • August 13 2014
    Fried chicken, sausage biscuits and fried okra are a thing of the past in the Mobile County (AL) Public School Service’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), explained Child Nutrition Director of MCPSS, Susanne Yates. “The program is providing nutritional meals that are still southern in style but meet the new nutritional standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010." 
  • August 11 2014
    By Courtney Simmons, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, Campus Dietitian, and Jessica Jones, Peer Educator, Health Promotion, University of North Carolina  -- Wilmington -- College – a time of transition, not only in an academic sense, but also in a personal “taking charge of your own health” sense. Most first year students are thinking about all the choices they get to make without guardian oversight, including their food choices! They can now choose what and when to eat and drink for themselves. 
  • August 8 2014
    By Katherine Belcher, USDA Rural Development, Kentucky -- This week marks the 15th annual National Farmers Market Week and USDA is celebrating the achievements of the more than 8,700 markets across the county. In rural eastern Kentucky, over the summer, a remarkable thing happened in the small community of Whitesburg. Local, state and federal officials all worked together to create the first-ever USDA “Summer Feeding Site” for children to be held at a local farmers market in Kentucky.
  • August 7 2014
    Dr. Stephen Cook, M.D., Ph.D., American Heart Association Volunteer -- It’s a hard truth to swallow, but childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions – and diet has a lot to do with it. In the city of Rochester, where I currently live and work, almost half of all children are overweight or obese. In fact, one of the patients in my practice was already considered obese at the tender age of three. By the time he turned four, his BMI was over the 98th percentile for his age.  

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