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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • November 13 2014
    By Katie Wilson, PhD, SNS Executive Director National Food Service Management Institute, The University of Mississippi -- Team Up for School Nutrition Success is an exciting new initiative of collaboration between USDA and the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) providing a peer to peer mentoring program for school nutrition directors. This first pilot in the Southeast Region includes over 100 attendees invited to discuss challenges, identify best practices, and learn about free resources available to them from a variety of allied organizations.  
  • November 13 2014
    By Jane Q Vergnani, Nutrition Specialist for New England Dairy & Food Council -- As a transplant Rhode Islander – or as my 4-year-old daughter says, “Little Rhody’er” – who has lived, gone to school and worked as a nutrition specialist for the New England Dairy & Food Council in the state for over seven years, I am passionate about helping students succeed.
  • November 13 2014
    By Alida Duncan, Hunger Free Vermont, Development & Marketing Director -- Many kids aren’t getting the nutrients they need and some aren’t getting enough to eat at all. In an animated video produced by the anti-hunger advocacy organization, Hunger Free Vermont, Universal School Meals is presented as the solution for improving student health and academic performance, strengthening the local economy, and making schools a more welcoming place.  
  • November 20 2014
    For 40 years, WIC has been improving health outcomes for pregnant women, infants and young children.  Today, we are celebrating this important milestone by visiting the first WIC clinic in America to distribute WIC benefits, officially known as the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children.  Check out the video to meet the staff of Bell County Health Department, who made history by distributing the first WIC benefits in Pineville, Kentucky back in 1974.
  • November 7 2014
    By Dr. Robert S. Lewis, SNS, Director of Nutrition Services, El Monte City School District (Calif.) -- At El Monte City School District, our students are actively involved in setting wellness goals, mentoring others, and participating in taste tests.  For the past twenty years or so, the United States has seen a steady rise in childhood obesity and juvenile type 2 diabetes.  These are the epidemics of our time.  We can solve them.  But it will take all of us working together.    
  • November 6 2014
    14.3% of American households found it difficult to put food on the table at some time in 2013, yet 31% of food at the consumer and retail level goes uneaten (USDA ERS).  Of the estimated 133 billion pounds of food that goes uneaten every year, much of it is perfectly safe and nutritious and could have been donated to hunger relief organizations to feed hungry people.  Sadly, much of this perfectly good food ends up in landfills.  
  • November 6 2014
    By Greg Turchetta, Executive Director of Communications and Community Engagement, Collier County Public Schools -- Nothing is more important than the health of our children. The Farm to School Program plays an important role in promoting well-being among children both now and in the future. Nearly one third of children in America are at risk for preventable diseases like diabetes and heart disease due to being overweight and obese.  Their ability to learn in the classroom, grow up healthy and to reach their fullest potential depends on what we do right now to secure their future.
  • November 4 2014
    When you’re a contract specialist with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), you’re part of a Commodity Procurement team that purchases 1.7 billion pounds of commodities a year to support domestic agriculture. You’re part of a network- which also includes the Food and Nutrition Service, the Farm Service Agency, and hundreds of American agricultural producers, processors, and suppliers- which reaches far and wide to send quality, wholesome, nutritious products that feed students and other recipients in federal food and nutrition assistance programs.
  • October 31 2014
    By Kacie O'Brien, USDA FNS Farm to School Regional Lead -- “My carrot is burnt!” exclaimed a Willow Cove Elementary student in February, when they harvested carrots from the school garden for the first time. The student had never seen a purple carrot before and that day, the whole class enjoyed sample tastes of orange, white, and purple carrots. Carrots are just one of the many crops students have harvested from the Willow Cove garden, and they have a motivated teacher and their Nutrition Services department to thank for the experience.
  • October 30 2014
    This fall, USDA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Food Stamp Act of 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, which made the Food Stamp Program permanent.  In looking back over the past 50 years, there are two notable events in the program’s history that had a significant impact on the transformation of the original Food Stamp Program in 1964 to the program we know today as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).