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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • June 26 2015
    By Hans Billger, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA, Food and Nutrition Service -- USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is committed to supporting struggling families and helping the most vulnerable Americans put food on the table. To this end, FNS is looking for ways to increase competition in the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system, the process by which most benefits are redeemed. 
  • June 25 2015
    By Danielle Fleury and Kacie O'Brien, Farm to School Regional Leads, Food and Nutrition Service -- With the warm summer sunshine and the sweet taste of the season’s bounty here, it’s a great time to reflect upon some best practices for a flourishing summer meals program. We’re highlighting three examples that emphasize replicable strategies for bringing local, nutritious foods and educational activities to children throughout the long summer break.
  • June 22 2015
    By Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary Arne Duncan -- During the school year, over 21 million children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch each day through the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. But, when school is out, many children who rely on these meals go hungry. The challenge is particularly great in rural areas and Indian Country, where 15 percent of households are food insecure.
  • June 12 2015
    By Tegan Hagy, Farm to School Regional Lead, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office -- One of the best parts of my job as a Farm to School Regional Lead for the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is visiting schools and districts that are bringing local foods into the cafeteria and teaching students where their food comes from.
  • June 11 2015
    By Elizabeth Rahavi, RD, Nutritionist, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion -- This spring, kids from across the country honed their culinary and nutrition skills to participate in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, and the wait is over to find out who received the top spot from each of the 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The winners of the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge have been announced on Let’s Move’s! website.
  • June 4 2015
    By Armando Vasquez, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service -- Cindy Bomar is a dedicated person; she is dedicated to her job and to her various volunteer organizations.  And most of her charitable efforts are devoted to helping children, especially poor children. 
  • May 29 2015
    By Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service -- Summer vacation is something all kids look forward to, but unfortunately hunger doesn’t take a vacation. More than 21 million American children and teens depend on free or reduced-price school meals during the school year, and when school cafeterias close, many of them lose their most important source of balanced nutrition and are at risk of going hungry.
  • May 28 2015
    By Elizabeth Rahavi, RD, Nutritionist -- As part of Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) is pleased to announce the translation of the ChooseMyPlate 10 Tips resource and MyPlate icon from English into 18 additional languages.
  • May 21 2015
    By Amanda Heitkamp, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service -- Unfortunately, 90 percent of children in the U.S. consume too much sodium.  With that in mind, USDA and our partners are seeking creative ways to reduce sodium content in school meals, yet still keep students healthy and happy.
  • May 20 2015
    Guest blog by Kyle Zimmer, CEO of First Book -- We all know that nutrition is closely tied to school performance.  Brains and bodies need healthy foods to nourish and nurture their development.  While schools play a critical role in providing free and reduced cost breakfasts and lunches during the school year, those needs can be even greater in the summer when children are out of school and families’ limited food budgets need to account for those extra meals.