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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • October 5 2015
    By Alexandra Wilson, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and Lucia Kaiser, nutrition specialist, University of California Cooperative Extension -- What started as a project to test the effectiveness of childhood obesity prevention methods has turned into a community-wide effort and a new culture of health for families in Firebaugh, California.
  • October 5 2015
    By Arthur Neal, Agricultural Marketing Service -- Thanks to a recent grant from USDA, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection is now in better position to help get locally grown potatoes, carrots, apples, broccoli, and cheese onto school lunch plates. 
  • October 2 2015
    Guest Blog by Mark Wilson, Corporation for National and Community Service -- “Sports, games, nutrition, friends and fun!” is how Andrea Wilkinson described her summer service in Reno, Nev. From June to August, AmeriCorps VISTA summer associates like Andrea served in 42 states and the District of Columbia, making the summer meals program more fun and beneficial for families.
  • October 1 2015
    By Maggie Gosselin and Matthew Benson, Farm to School Program Analysts, FNS -- Happy National Farm to School Month! Every October, the USDA Farm to School team is overwhelmed with stories of how farm to school programs are affecting kids, producers, and communities.
  • September 29 2015
    Guest Blog by Katie Bark, Christine Emerson, and Molly Stenberg, Montana State University -- As USDA’s Team Nutrition celebrates its 20th anniversary, so does Montana Team Nutrition!  Since 1995, MTTN has used funding from USDA to provide nutrition education and technical assistance to school districts across our state.
  • September 16 2015
    By Annie Ceccarini, Program Manager, The People's Garden Initiative and USDA Farmers Market -- It’s “Back-to-School Night” at the USDA Farmers Market on Friday, September 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., in Washington, D.C., near the National Mall.  Market visitors can learn more about healthy eating, reducing food waste or take a trip down memory lane and eat a snack or meal off a planet-friendly disposable lunch tray!
  • September 15 2015
    Guest Blog by Jill Ladd and Emily Brinkman, Kansas State Department of Education -- After receiving a Team Nutrition (TN) training grant in 2013, we implemented our Power Panther Pals nutrition education curriculum in 110 schools across the state. Through this effort, which took place during school year (SY) 2014-2015, we reached more than 13,000 students and garnered important feedback from teachers, students, and other stakeholders
  • September 11 2015
    By Charles Parrott, AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program Deputy Administrator and Dave Tuckwiller, AMS Commodity Procurement Program Director -- Across the country, schools are back in session. Here at the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), our inspectors and procurement specialists work hard to make sure that quality, domestically-produced foods are delivered to students and other recipients for our federal food purchasing programs. 
  • September 10 2015
    Guest Blog by Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, American Public Health Association -- As kids across the country begin a new school year, they’ll be hitting the books to learn important skills to be successful later in life. They’ll also be visiting cafeterias, vending machines and school stores for the foods and beverages they need to fuel their growing bodies and for achieving academic success. With nearly one in three children overweight or obese, it’s critical that healthy meals are available to them throughout the school environment.
  • September 9 2015
    By Janna Raudenbush, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service -- There’s been a lot of talk over the last several years about the nutrition of school meals – where the ingredients come from, how they’re prepared, what the food tastes like, and how the meal is presented. But it’s also important to remember one of the most vital purposes of offering school meals: fighting hunger so kids can focus on learning.