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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • October 17 2014
    By Deborah Kane, National Director, USDA Farm to School Program -- Since the official start of the USDA Farm to School Program, we’ve focused on making sure schools have the tools they need to bring local products into the lunchroom and teach children where their food comes from. As October is National Farm to School Month, it seems an opportune time to take stock of the many resources available from USDA to help bring the farm to school.  
  • October 16 2014
    By Nancy R. Mears, Supervisor of School Nutrition, Delaware -- Farm to School (F2S) means different things to different people depending on where you live in the country. In Delaware, utilizing F2S to source local produce allows Laurel School District to meet the fruit and vegetable requirements of the new meal pattern outlined by federal guidelines for school meals. With a little creativity, we found these guidelines can be met with this valuable resource.  
  • October 15 2014
    By Karen T. Comfort, Feds Feed Families National Program Manager, AMS - When I became National Program Manager for the 2014 Feds Feeds Families campaign—the sixth annual, nationwide food drive of Federal employees—I challenged Federal employees nationwide to help knock out hunger by supporting this year’s initiative.  I had every confidence that our Nation’s civil servants would step up in a huge way.  Feds have a tradition of generosity and answering the call whenever, wherever, and however they are needed.  
  • October 15 2014
    By Bea Zuluaga, Food and Nutrition Director, CentroNía/DC Bilingual Public Charter School, Washington, DC -- Children living in Washington, D.C., and across the country spend a large part of their day in school and rely heavily on their educational institutions for nourishment. As educators, it is imperative that we expose children to a variety of healthy, nutrient-rich foods early on in their development, and CentroNía does just that! We prepare various meals and snacks to support children’s learning thanks to programs such as the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.
  • October 15 2014
    By Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary, USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services -- Since President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act in 1946, schools have served more than 220 billion lunches!  Meals that have enabled scores of American children the opportunity to grow, learn and thrive.  And with more than 30 million students participating in the National School Lunch Program each day, balanced meals at school play a key role in fostering a healthier next generation.
  • 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 14 2014
    By Victoria Wittrock, Food Service Supervisor, West Central School District, South Dakota -- I’ve seen a lot of great changes come about in the West Central School District since the implementation of the new school meal pattern in 2012, and I’m very grateful for the process we’ve gone through.
  • 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 9 2014
    All summer, visitors to the National Capitol Region have been seeing monuments, public buildings, works of art and experiencing music and theater; however, many were unexpectedly surprised by the brilliant hues of purple, red and green emanating from USDA’s People’s Garden. But those colors didn’t just pop up on their own. USDA has a cadre of friendly and knowledgeable employee volunteers who plant, maintain and harvest as well as interact and answer questions from hundreds of people who stop by to admire the garden.
  • October 9 2014
    By: Kimberly Norton, Principal, Northeast Elementary Magnet School -- A few weeks ago, I attended the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. to receive the National Healthy Schools Gold Award for my school, Northeast Elementary Magnet School in Danville, Illinois. The Leaders Summit brought together school leaders like me, along with business executives and community champions to celebrate our success in building healthier environments where our kids can thrive.