Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • Agosto 20 2015
    Guest Blog by Tom Adam, Spout Springs School of Enrichment -- Those of us who work in schools know that the lunch line is not the only place where kids get their calories at school. That’s why we were pleased to see the USDA Smart Snacks in School standards go into effect last summer, which applied to food and beverages sold outside of the school meals program, including in-school fundraisers.
  • Agosto 19 2015
    By Dr. Katie Wilson, Deputy Under Secretary, FNCS -- The things that make our country so great and special can be found in the diversity of the people, their ideas, and their culture. One of the ways culture is expressed is through the foods we eat. Our nation’s school meals should be no exception.
  • Agosto 19 2015
    By Janna Raudenbush, Public Affairs Specialist, FNS -- Every day, millions of students across the U.S. walk into school with stomachs growling because they haven’t had enough to eat either that morning or the night before and eagerly anticipate getting a school breakfast.  For many students, school meals are not a luxury or a backup in case they forget to pack a meal; they are a lifeline.
  • Agosto 18 2015
    By Dr. Melissa R. Bailey, Associate Deputy Administrator, AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program -- Sometimes the right blend can change your perception. One of our industry research and promotion programs is remixing school meal items to help change students’ preconceptions and get them to eat healthy foods.
  • Agosto 18 2015
    Guest Blog by Thomas J. Smith, Archdiocese of New York – Department of Education -- The primary mission of The Child Nutrition Program, at the Archdiocese of New York-Department of Education, is to ensure that healthy and nutritious meals are provided to our most needy students. Over 20,000 meals are served on a daily basis.
  • Agosto 17 2015
    By Katie Wilson, Deputy Undersecretary, FNCS -- It’s hard to believe the start of the school year is right around the corner. It feels like just yesterday the final bell rang, and students exchanged their pens and pencils for swim trunks and sunglasses. But it’s time for students, teachers and other school staff to get ready for the year ahead, and that includes school nutrition professionals who will soon be tasked with serving healthy school meals to over 30 million students nationwide.
  • Agosto 14 2015
    By Katherine Belcher, Kentucky USDA Rural Development -- Kids in bright summer play clothes come running with smiles and laughter as the white cargo van rolls to a stop near a playground and the rear doors swing open. No, it’s not the ice cream truck. It is something better – the lunch ladies from Kentucky Communities Economic Opportunity Council (KCEOC) Community Action Center delivering bagged lunches filled with fruit, sandwiches, juice and milk.
  • Agosto 13 2015
    By Kacie O’Brien, Farm to School Regional Lead, FNS -- “May I have more kale chips, please?” asked a four-year old preschooler during one of my first site visits as farm to school lead for the Food and Nutrition Service’s Western Region. The preschoolers I was visiting grew and harvested the kale themselves a few feet beyond their classroom door and were enjoying the crisp treat as a snack.
  • Agosto 7 2015
    By Michele Huitric, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service -- Farmers markets create the ultimate win-win-win scenario. They provide consumers access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other foods, while also giving farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers. 
  • Partnering with Faith-Based and Community Organizations to Better Serve People in Need

    By Norah Deluhery, Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships -- At USDA we work through partnerships to provide opportunities to people in need. Through relationships with both faith-based and secular community organizations, we are able to achieve our shared goals representative of America’s core values of caring for each other, including making sure that every family and every child is healthy and hunger free.