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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 22 2014
    By Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Undersecretary for the USDA Food Nutrition and Consumer Services -- Feeding students healthy, tasty and nutritious school meals can be a challenge.  Just ask any one of the thousands of school nutrition professionals who carry out the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.  They have to balance menu planning following nutrition standards, financial management, and inventory management, all while making meals that will be enjoyed by students – not always an easy audience. 
  • 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!
  • 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.  
  • August 6 2014
    By Sasha Bard, MS, RD, Nutritionist -- CNPP’s new Executive Director, Angela Tagtow, MS, RD, LD, closed out her first week with USDA by honoring the winners of the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe contest at the White House during the Kids’ State Dinner on August 20. Below are her impressions from the event.  

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