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Giving the Gift of a Healthier Future this Holiday Season

USDA FNS Blog - Mié, 12/11/2013 - 9:33pm
The following OpEd was posted by Huffington Post this afternoon: No one should go hungry in America, and certainly no child should go hungry, especially at the holidays. We know kids who have access to proper nutrition and develop healthy habits at an early age have a competitive advantage in the classroom and later in [...]

No Permitas que las Bacterias Arruinen tu Fiesta

USDA FNS Blog - Mié, 12/11/2013 - 3:28pm
Quienes están listos para una fiesta, no se imaginan enfermos en cama poco después de esta. Pero eso es lo que pudiera ocurrir si la comida en los “buffets” no es manejada y servida con inocuidad. Las bacterias son aguafiestas y el único regalo que traen es una enfermedad transmitida por los alimentos. ¿Cómo es [...]

Don’t Let Bacteria Crash Your Party

USDA FNS Blog - Mié, 12/11/2013 - 3:28pm
People dressed for a holiday party don’t picture themselves sick in bed shortly after the festivities, but that’s what could happen if food on party buffets isn’t handled and served safely. Bacteria are party crashers, and the only housewarming gift they bring is foodborne illness. How do bacteria crash parties? They hitch a ride on [...]

Reporte USDA: Programa WIC aumenta la lactancia materna, llega a los más necesitados

USDA FNS Blog - Mié, 12/11/2013 - 3:28pm
Los programas de nutrición del USDA (por siglas en inglés) proveen acceso a una dieta saludable a millones de americanos elegibles para las ayudas cada mes. Ya sea en escuelas, centros comunitarios o en casas de todo el país, estos programas trabajan en conjunto como una red de seguridad nutritiva para asegurar que ningún americano [...]

USDA Report: WIC Boosts Breastfeeding, Reaches Those in Need

USDA FNS Blog - Mié, 12/11/2013 - 3:28pm
USDA’s nutrition assistance programs provide access to a healthy diet for millions of eligible Americans each month. Whether in schools, community feeding sites, or in households across the country, they comprise a nutrition safety net to ensure that no eligible American goes hungry. In my opinion the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and [...]

Enviando Regalos de Alimentos a Miembros de Las Fuerzas Armadas

USDA FNS Blog - Lun, 12/09/2013 - 8:47pm
Pasar los días navideños en el hogar no será posible para muchos miembros de las fuerzas armadas. Así que la segunda mejor opción es recibir saludos y regalos comestibles de parte de familiares. Varios alimentos son inocuos para mandar por el correo en tanto se tenga el nombre y dirección del militar estacionado en el [...]

MyPlate Holiday Leftovers – MyPlate Holiday Makeover Week 4

USDA FNS Blog - Lun, 12/09/2013 - 2:44pm
The MyPlate Team continues to share “Makeover Monday” recipes each week on the USDA blog and the MyPlate Facebook page through January 6th. Our family loves the savory flavors of traditional holiday meals. However, after a few rounds of leftovers, it’s great to be able to mix things up with a new twist on the [...]

Quality You Can Trust

USDA FNS Blog - Vie, 12/06/2013 - 1:12pm
When you think of what really makes fruit and vegetables stand out it usually comes down to quality.  Determining quality – making sure your fresh food looks, smells, feels and tastes just the way you expect it to – is what USDA’s Quality Monitoring Program (QMP) does. The program, run by the Agricultural Marketing Service [...]

Tips on Sending Food Gifts to U.S. Military

USDA FNS Blog - Jue, 12/05/2013 - 7:01pm
Being home for the holidays will not be possible this year for many American armed forces. The next best thing may be receiving greetings and gifts of food items. Many foods are safe to mail. However, you must have the name and address of a military person stationed overseas. Because of security risks, the U.S. [...]

Haga Rendir su Presupuesto de Alimentos Durante Los Días Festivos

USDA FNS Blog - Jue, 12/05/2013 - 7:01pm
Los días festivos son una buena ocasión para reunirse  con familia y amigos. Pero cuando no se cuenta con tiempo y el presupuesto es limitado, preparar comidas saludables  se convierte en un reto. Teniendo esto en cuenta, el USDA ofrece consejos saludables con el interés de ofrecer alternativas fáciles y  de bajo costo que toda [...]

Reflecting on Hunger this Holiday Season

USDA FNS Blog - Mié, 12/04/2013 - 6:39pm
A new op-ed, regarding hunger and the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was pushed this afternoon on the Huffington Post. Last week, I wrote about the continued need for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), particularly in the wake of the automatic benefit cuts that began on November 1. It is fortunately the time [...]

Stretching a Holiday Food Budget during the Busy Holiday Season

USDA FNS Blog - Mar, 12/03/2013 - 12:04pm
Holiday celebrations are a great time to gather with family and friends.  But when you’re on a tight budget and pressed for time, it can be challenging to prepare a nutritious, timely meal for your loved ones.  With that in mind, USDA offers these healthy tips for creating low-cost meals your whole family will enjoy: [...]

Reinvent Your Holiday Stuffing With MyPlate – MyPlate Holiday Makeover Week 3

USDA FNS Blog - Lun, 12/02/2013 - 5:48pm
The MyPlate Team continues to share “Makeover Monday” recipes each week on the USDA blog and the MyPlate Facebook page through January 6th. Looking back, my fondest childhood memories took place during the holidays. I remember the smell of food cooking from the oven, the sound of the football game on TV, and my grandmother’s [...]

One Day of Gleaning Brings Joy to Thousands of Children

USDA FNS Blog - Mié, 11/27/2013 - 3:52pm
What started out with just a handful of FSA employees trying to do the right thing has turned into an annual event that spans six New Mexico counties. Ten years ago John Perea, county executive director for Torrance County, N.M., started a project to glean pumpkins from farmers John and Dianne Aday. “We started it [...]

Thanksgiving – Brought to You by the American Farmer

USDA FNS Blog - Mar, 11/26/2013 - 3:31pm
Thanksgiving is a time when Americans come together to celebrate a holiday that connects each and every one of us. During this truly American holiday, we all give thanks for the previous year’s blessings and look ahead to the future. While we may bring our own traditions and flavors to the table, Thanksgiving is a [...]

Farm to School Programs Can Get Kids Familiar with Healthy Foods

USDA FNS Blog - Lun, 11/25/2013 - 9:04pm
October was National Farm to School Month and at FNS we ended on a high note. We released our very first nationwide assessment of farm to school activities and there was a lot of good news to be shared. The Farm to School Census showed that adoption of farm to school activities is trending up; [...]

Makeover Your Holiday Meals with MyPlate! – Week 2

USDA FNS Blog - Lun, 11/25/2013 - 3:03pm
The MyPlate Team continues to share “Makeover Monday” recipes each week on the USDA blog and the MyPlate Facebook page through January 6th. This recipe was originally created for another festive day.  But everyone loved “green-mash” potatoes so much that this family favorite became part of our Thanksgiving Feast. Since my family has an Irish [...]

During the Holiday of Plenty, Remembering Those with Less

USDA FNS Blog - Lun, 11/25/2013 - 3:03pm
This morning, Huffington Post published an op-ed from USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon highlighting the continued need for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, particularly around the holidays, and reiterating the need for Congress to act on a comprehensive, long-term Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. As we gather around the [...]

A New Partnership to Sack Food Waste

USDA FNS Blog - Vie, 11/22/2013 - 7:31pm
Cross posted from the Dairy Good blog: Across the nation, Americans from all walks of life are taking steps to reduce the amount of food that goes to waste. Part of the solution lies in finding innovative new ways to use food that would otherwise by wasted. That’s where the Cleveland Browns, Ohio State University, [...]

I was Local When Local Wasn’t Cool

USDA FNS Blog - Vie, 11/22/2013 - 1:27pm
No one would ever accuse me of being a trend-setter—especially my kids.  But I’m proud to say that I’ve been part of the local food movement my whole life. I grew up on a family farm in New Mexico.  For us, local food wasn’t really a trend or a movement.  It was how we made [...]

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