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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • 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.  
  • August 6 2014
    By Patricia Dombroski, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Mid-Atlantic Region Administrator -- Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to see the many happy faces of children playing on the recreational fields of the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club in Seaford, Del.  They were there as part of a Summer Food Service Program showcasing USDA’s Eat Smart. Play Hard Campaign. It was easy to get caught up in the excitement generated by the Power Panther, the campaign’s mascot, as he danced through the crowd of more than 500 young people. And after enjoying face painting and organized games,...
  • December 9 2013
    Eve’s Tasty Turkey Tetrazzini The MyPlate Team continues to share “Makeover Monday” recipes each week on the USDA blog and the MyPlate Facebook page through January 6th. Our family loves the savory flavors of traditional holiday meals. However, after a few rounds of leftovers, it’s great to be able to mix things up with a new twist on the leftover turkey. It’s an added bonus that after all the hustle and bustle, this recipe is an easy, one-dish meal that the whole family will enjoy. My original Turkey Tetrazzini recipe created a creamy pasta dish that was made with plenty of butter and half-...
  • December 4 2013
    A new op-ed, regarding hunger and the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was pushed this afternoon on the Huffington Post.   Last week, I wrote about the continued need for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), particularly in the wake of the automatic benefit cuts that began on November 1. It is fortunately the time of year when people give generously to food banks and food pantries, but they are unable to fully meet the need in their communities, particularly if the program were to suffer deeper cuts. Over the holiday weekend, I saw heart-wrenching...

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