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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • 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. 
  • September 9 2015
    By Alisha Coleman-Jensen, USDA Economic Research Service -- In 2014, 14 percent of U.S. households (17.4 million households) had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members because of a lack of financial or other resources. Food insecurity, essentially unchanged from 2013, is down from a high of 14.9 percent measured in 2011.  
  • September 1 2015
    Guest Blog by Jenn Gerard, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District -- Locally-sourced fish baked in fresh herbs and oil topped with a fresh cilantro slaw…It sounds like a dish from a five star restaurant, but it’s just one of many recipes registered dietitian and director of nutrition services Jenn Gerard offers students for lunch in her California school district. Learn how Monterey Peninsula Schools embraced the new nutrition standards, using them as a springboard to enhance their impressive school meals programs.
  • August 31 2015
    Guest Blog by Richard Miles, Seminole County (Fla.) Public Schools -- The Team Up for School Nutrition Success training was an experience that provided me with valuable tools, resources and networking opportunities, along with the motivation and confidence to empower school nutrition professionals, like myself, to create positive changes in our schools and communities.
  • August 31 2015
    By Janna Raudenbush, Public Affairs Specialist, FNS -- When the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act authorized the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), schools in high-poverty areas gained another important tool to fight childhood hunger. By the end of school year 2014-15, the first year CEP was available nationwide, more than half of all eligible schools had already jumped on board.
  • August 28 2015
    By Christina Conell and Carolyn Smalkowski, FNS -- Fruits and vegetables are at the top of USDA’s back to school list, and just in time for the new school year, the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables is making it easier for schools in eight states to purchase them. The 2014 Farm Bill authorizes the pilot in not more than eight states participating in the National School Lunch Program, and provides them with an opportunity to better access nutritious foods.
  • August 27 2015
    By Amanda Heitkamp, Public Affairs Specialist, FNS -- USDA recently announced the availability of $25 million in National School Lunch Program (NSLP) equipment grants for Fiscal Year 2015. These grants help schools obtain much needed infrastructure to better serve nutritious meals, support food safety efforts, improve energy efficiency, and expand participation in school nutrition programs.
  • August 26 2015
    By Victor Oliveira, Economic Research Service -- Sometimes called the “most important meal of the day” for school-aged children, breakfast is available at nearly 90,000 schools across the country. On an average school day in fiscal 2014, some 13.5 million students participated. The Economic Research Service (ERS) illustrates the growth of the program in a new entry in its popular daily “Charts of Note” series.
  • August 25 2015
    By Janna Raudenbush, Public Affairs Specialist, FNS -- What’s shaking in USDA’s school meals programs?  Delicious and nutritious food, that’s what!  Healthy food does not have to be bland or boring. So what can you do this school year to “spice” things up and take school meals to the next level?

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