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  • Diciembre 1 2014
    The busy holiday season has begun and families everywhere are starting to plan ahead.  If you’re looking for easy to make, nutritious family meals that you can cook quickly on a tight budget, USDA is here to help with a new web tool, called What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl. 
  • Diciembre 1 2014
    By Kate Wobbekind, Program Coordinator, Office of Food and Nutrition Services, District of Columbia The need to serve healthy meals to the 47,000 students in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is not just a requirement but an opportunity. Eight out of 10 students in our schools are eligible to receive free and reduced priced meals through the National School Lunch, and all of our students receive free breakfast through the School Breakfast Programs thanks to the D.C. Healthy Schools Act of 2010. In some parts of our city, the entire school eats a free meal during the school day,...
  • Noviembre 20 2014
    SNAP continues to serve as the first line of defense against hunger in the United States. Half a century ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964, making the Food Stamp Program (FSP), which at the time was a series of pilot projects, permanent. Despite the post-World War II economic boom felt by many Americans, some rural and urban areas of the country experienced extreme poverty as well as limited access to nutritious, affordable food. The Food Stamp Act of 1964 was an important component in President Johnson’s effort to eliminate poverty. This year, we not only...
  • Noviembre 14 2014
    By Kevin Concannon, Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Last month, schools all across the nation celebrated National School Lunch Week, honoring the importance of healthy meals to education.  I was able to join in one of these celebrations right here in the national Capital area, and the great things I saw at Takoma Park (Md.) Middle School are still fresh in my mind.
  • Noviembre 13 2014
    Through partnership, FNS and NFSMI will work with school food authorities to identify challenges and provide nuanced resources to promote a healthier school day. As schools continue to move forward with serving healthier meals to tens of millions of our nation’s school children, there is a natural need for a model of sharing best practices. To provide that support, our partner, the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI), will pilot the Team Up For Success Training Initiative in the Food and Nutrition Service’s Southeast Region. Through the initiative, schools will participate in...
  • Noviembre 13 2014
    Louis Escobar, Rhode Island Dairy Farmer and President of Rhody Fresh Milk, speaking to students at Ferri Middle School in Johnston. The following guest blog is part of our Cafeteria Stories series, highlighting the efforts of hard working school nutrition professionals who are dedicated to making the healthy choice the easy choice at schools across the country.  We thank them for sharing their stories! By Jane Q Vergnani, Nutrition Specialist for New England Dairy & Food Council As a transplant Rhode Islander – or as my 4-year-old daughter says, “Little Rhody’er” – who has lived, gone...
  • Noviembre 13 2014
    The following guest blog was submitted by Alida Duncan of the anti-hunger advocacy organization, Hunger Free Vermont. The implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) by many state partners across the country means that more students have access to free healthy meals at school.  This policy can reduce food insecurity for the nearly 16 million children living in households that have trouble affording enough nutritious food. In Vermont, over 7,000 students are participating in CEP. Guest Post By Alida Duncan, Hunger Free Vermont, Development & Marketing Director Many kids...
  • Noviembre 20 2014
    For 40 years, WIC has been improving health outcomes for pregnant women, infants and young children.  Today, we are celebrating this important milestone by visiting the first WIC clinic in America to distribute WIC benefits, officially known as the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children.  Check out the video below to meet the amazing staff of Bell County Health Department, who made history by distributing the first WIC benefits in Pineville, Kentucky back in 1974. Related PostsTexas Agriculture, Bigger in More Ways Than You Might Know Raising the Bar: From Healthy...
  • Noviembre 7 2014
    Students on a grocery store tour learn the importance of healthy choices. Today’s Cafeteria Stories contribution comes from Dr. Robert Lewis of the El Monte School District in Southern California.  Dr. Lewis describes the success that his urban school district has had with involving students in wellness.  His district currently has 14 schools with Silver HealthierUS School Challenge awards. Guest post by Dr. Robert S. Lewis, SNS, Director of Nutrition Services, El Monte City School District (Calif.) At El Monte City School District, our students are actively involved in setting wellness...
  • Noviembre 6 2014
    Liability Concerns Stop Many Restaurants and Supermarkets from Donating Wholesome Unsold Food – Join USDA for a Nov. 12 webinar and learn more about Liability, Food Safety & the Good Samaritan Act. 14.3% of American households found it difficult to put food on the table at some time in 2013, yet 31% of food at the consumer and retail level goes uneaten (USDA ERS).  Of the estimated 133 billion pounds of food that goes uneaten every year, much of it is perfectly safe and nutritious and could have been donated to hunger relief organizations to feed hungry people.  Sadly, much of this...

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