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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • Enero 23 2015
    It may be the middle of winter, but we like to celebrate the success of our Summer Food Service Program all year long. The Western Regional Office is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2014 Summer Sunshine Awards. Eight organizations received awards in 4 categories in recognition of their efforts in operating the SFSP. The program's impact in local communities depends on the hard work of state agencies, partnering organizations, local sites and sponsors. These awards only begin to show our appreciation for the dedication, innovation, and passion behind the respective organizations.
  • Enero 21 2015
    School lunches have evolved since many of our childhood days to keep pace with new dietary guidelines and school meal patterns, but one food has been an enduring component: chicken. The popular protein graces the center of the plate in a variety of forms and flavors, and the new USDA Foods unseasoned chicken strip provides school nutrition professionals with a versatile and healthy option to add to their recipes. USDA develops new products for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) based on feedback from states and school districts. 
  • Enero 20 2015
    The USDA National Agricultural Library’s (NAL) Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) today launched its mobile application, or “app,” which calculates Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). The USDA Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) Calculator for Healthcare Professionals app allows users to keep track of nutrient calculations and recommendations that are based on the DRI values in a more convenient and user-friendly format. Through this new app, healthcare professionals can save time in the nutrition care process for patients and clients, while having access to credible nutrition guidance.
  • Enero 15 2015
    By Stewart Eidel, School and Community Nutrition Programs, Maryland State Department of Education -- USDA Team Nutrition Grants support initiatives designed to improve children’s lifelong eating habits. Thanks to this funding, and by incorporating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and with recipes from the Food and Nutrition Service Team Nutrition website, Maryland’s State Department of Education School and Community Nutrition Programs, where I work, developed new training for our school food service professionals called “Culinary Boot Camps.
  • Enero 13 2015
    By Holly Godwin, South Carolina Farm to Institution Program Director -- During the 2013-2014 academic school year, 20 District Five schools of Lexington and Richland Counties (South Carolina) participated in the Supreme Chicken project.  This included all 12 elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools. In compliance with USDA’s National School Lunch Program nutritional sodium and grain standards, the Supreme Chicken Pilot Program features three different locally sourced chicken sandwiches and chicken nuggets to students as a meal option. 
  • Enero 27 2015
    Introducing the USDA Specialty Crops Inspection Division which highlights the various services that AMS provides the produce industry. Ensuring that its food meets the demands of its retailers and the consumers who eat it is essential to the success of any produce business. This builds consumer trust and helps retailers confidently supply the food we all eat. To help out on this front, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) offers audits through the USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) & Good Handling Practices (GHPs) Audit Verification Program. A voluntary service provided...
  • Enero 8 2015
    Reach your health goals with SuperTracker. If you are like millions of Americans, thinking about New Year’s Resolutions makes your hands sweat. Don’t worry. USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has got you covered. Whether you want to lose weight, get more calcium in your diet, or increase your activity, SuperTracker is here to help. With these six steps, you’ll be well on your way to making your New Year’s Resolution a reality!
  • Enero 7 2015
    Beginning in August, food banks across the country competed to see who could sign up the most food donors to the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. From among the 200 food banks in the Feeding America network, the champion is City Harvest in New York City  by signing up 114 donors to the Challenge. City Harvest will meet with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and will be awarded tickets to attend either an NBA or NHL game in Washington. Since 2011, MSE has recovered and donated 7,377 pounds of food from its events to D.C. Central Kitchen, which translates to approximately 5,600 meals.
  • Diciembre 24 2014
    By Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack -- This has been a tremendous year for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the rural families and communities we serve. Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden recently shared a reflection on her most inspirational moments this year. I'm proud of what we've accomplished at USDA over the course of this year, and I thought I'd take a moment to share just a few of our top accomplishments.
  • Diciembre 22 2014
    By Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Undersecretary for the USDA Food Nutrition and Consumer Services -- Feeding students healthy, tasty and nutritious school meals can be a challenge.  Just ask any one of the thousands of school nutrition professionals who carry out the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.  They have to balance menu planning following nutrition standards, financial management, and inventory management, all while making meals that will be enjoyed by students – not always an easy audience. 

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