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Healthy Incentives Pilot Shows Small Investment Leads to Big Impact

Mié, 07/24/2013 - 7:30pm
Earlier today, Secretary Vilsack announced the results of the Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP) , a pilot project designed to test the impact of incentivizing fruit and vegetable purchases among SNAP recipients. The pilot showed that an ongoing investment of less than 15 cents per person per day may result in a 25 percent increase in [...]

Double Up Food Bucks Expands to Grocery Stores

Mié, 07/24/2013 - 7:30pm
Earlier today, USDA announced the results of the Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP) and additional efforts to empower low-income families with the knowledge and skills they need to purchase and prepare healthy foods using SNAP benefits. To make the announcement, Secretary Vilsack conducted a call with Dr. Oran Hesterman, President and CEO of Ann Arbor, Michigan-based [...]

Summer Harvests Can Turn Into Summer Meals for Kids

Mar, 07/23/2013 - 7:17pm
Summer is the season when harvests of healthful foods are most abundant: gardens overflow with zucchini and berries, trees are laden with sweet, ripe fruit, and farmers tend and harvest crops from dawn until dusk. Despite the seasonal abundance, many children go hungry when school is out and the food programs that fed them during [...]

Advances Help Assure Olive Oil Authenticity

Mar, 07/23/2013 - 7:17pm
This post is part of the Science Today feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from USDA’s rich science and research portfolio. When you plunk down $17.99 for a bottle of your favorite premium olive oil, you’d like some assurance that what you just bought actually [...]

Kids’ State Dinner Celebrates Good Nutrition with MyPlate

Mar, 07/23/2013 - 7:17pm
On July 9th, budding young chefs gathered at the White House for the Let’s Move! Kids’ State Dinner, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, to celebrate their culinary accomplishments in the Epicurious “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge”.  Let’s Move!, Epicurious, the U.S. Department of Education, and USDA collaborated on the challenge and honored the 54 finalists who [...]

Oh the Meals You Can Make With USDA Foods and Some Creativity

Mar, 07/23/2013 - 7:17pm
“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” These words, spoken by Albert Einstein, can hold true for anything. USDA’s Commodity Procurement Program enjoys seeing schools and other organizations develop creative, healthy meals featuring foods we purchase for federal feeding programs. We hope that finding innovative ways to use USDA foods is contagious and that others catch [...]

Reducing Food Waste: It’s More Than Just Cleaning Your Plate

Mar, 07/23/2013 - 7:17pm
When you think of steps that can be taken to improve our environment and mitigate climate change, “reducing food waste” probably doesn’t come to mind right away.  But in fact, food waste is an important factor in climate change, because wasted food represents 20 percent by weight of the solid waste going to landfills. This [...]

Parental Employment, Education, and Disability are Factors in Food Insecurity among Children

Mar, 07/23/2013 - 7:17pm
This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from USDA’s rich science and research portfolio. In the wake of the economic downturn that began in late 2007, food insecurity in households with children remains near the highest level observed [...]

Summer Meals in California Promote Health and Education

Mar, 07/23/2013 - 7:17pm
On the grounds of Valley Hi-North Laguna Library in Sacramento, California, upwards of 150 children participated in the California Summer Meals kickoff event hosted by the California Summer Meal Coalition, Sacramento Public Library, and the Elk Grove Unified School District.  USDA’s Summer Food Service Program offers free meals during summer break so kids are better [...]

Kenya Borlaug Fellow Gains Insight on Helping Local Farmers

Mar, 07/23/2013 - 7:17pm
“Our dream is to be part of upgrading the living standards of small-scale farmers who produce the foods that go into Azuri products, in a sustainable and profitable way,”  —Tei Mukunya, CEO of Azuri Health Limited, Kenya A common challenge among small-scale farmers in developing countries is getting their products from the farm to markets. [...]

Research Helps the Dairy Industry Refuel and Flex its Muscles

Mar, 07/23/2013 - 7:17pm
Successful businesses use research to meet changing consumer demands. The dairy industry uses innovative research promoted by National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board (commonly referred to as the Milk Processor Education Program or MilkPEP), and other organizations to find new markets for their products. Milk has always been known as a good source of calcium [...]

10 Reasons Why Congress Must Act to Pass a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill

Mar, 07/23/2013 - 7:17pm
Getting a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill passed this year is essential – and it can’t fall victim to politics as usual. Too much is at stake, and too many people lose out if Congress can’t act.  Here are 10 good reasons why Congress must take action as soon as possible to achieve passage of [...]

Investing in SNAP Integrity: Examining the Adequacy of SNAP Benefits

Mar, 01/22/2013 - 6:28pm
As the Federal agency responsible for carrying out the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s mission, we are constantly taking actions to improve program integrity. In 2012, we enacted tougher financial sanctions to punish those who abuse the program; sent letters to the CEOs of Ebay, Facebook, Twitter and Craigslist to engage their help in preventing the [...]

Preview of Food Price Outlook and Farm Income Sessions at 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum

Mar, 01/22/2013 - 12:13pm
USDA’s 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Feb. 21-22, in Arlington, Va., will host a morning of plenary session speakers on the opening day followed by 25 breakout sessions.  The “Food Price Outlook” breakout session for 2013 will offer perspectives on food price inflation, the factors contributing to food prices, and the consumer implications. In this session, [...]

Resolving on a Healthier Future

Mar, 01/15/2013 - 3:53pm
This post is part of the Science Today  feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from USDA’s rich science and research portfolio. Chances are that among many of the Americans who made a New Year’s resolution, nutrition figures somewhere in their goal. They may be aiming [...]

Happy Birthday SuperTracker!

Vie, 01/11/2013 - 1:46pm
After an exciting and successful year reaching well over a million users, SuperTracker celebrates its first birthday! With growing public interest in nutrition and health, we found that SuperTracker is the online tool many people have been waiting for to help them adopt healthful eating habits; something that is top of mind this time of [...]

Garden Wagon Brings Agriculture to Eastern Cherokee Indians

Mar, 01/08/2013 - 6:33pm
When members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians can’t make it to their local extension office, their extension office comes to them—with a gift of better health through home gardening. Kevin Welch, a Federally-Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP) educator at North Carolina State University, developed a garden wagon to reach more members of the [...]

No Más Hambre: Un llamado a la acción comunitaria

Vie, 12/21/2012 - 5:13pm
La cumbre NO MAS HAMBRE celebrada recientemente en Washington DC para crear conciencia sobre el hambre en la comunidad latina reunió a líderes gubernamentales, grupos sin fines de lucro, empresas y miembros de la comunidad para hablar sobre soluciones a un problema endémico que a menudo pasa desapercibido – el que casi uno de cada [...]

No Más Hambre: A Community Call to Action

Vie, 12/21/2012 - 5:13pm
The NO MAS HAMBRE Summit recently held in Washington DC to raise awareness of hunger in the Latino community brought together government, nonprofit, corporate and community leaders to talk about solutions to an endemic problem that often goes unnoticed — nearly one in three Latino households with children faces hunger in this country. At the [...]

Celebrating the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act Two Years Later

Jue, 12/13/2012 - 9:06pm
It’s been two years since President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 into law. The Act cleared the way for historic improvements to the child nutrition programs, such as school lunch and school breakfast, that serve millions of our nation’s children. We’ve already implemented many provisions of the Act, with many schools [...]