Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • Junio 30 2015
    By Barbara Bowen, Natural Resources Conservation Service -- One high tunnel can’t feed the world, but it can make a world of difference in providing fresh fruits and vegetables to those with limited access to healthy foods. These plastic covered structures use natural sunlight to create more favorable conditions for vegetables and specialty crops.
  • Junio 30 2015
    By Elanor Starmer, Senior Advisor to the Secretary on Local and Regional Food Systems -- “The term ‘farm to school’ involves thinking of the whole plate, so to speak. It’s about increasing the amount of local and regional foods served in school cafeterias while also increasing education and community outreach for kids, and creating market opportunities for producers.” So says Matt Russell, Grant Program Manager for the Farm to School at FNS.
  • Junio 29 2015
    Guest Blog by Kristy Anderson, American Heart Association -- While healthy school food will not magically fix America’s childhood obesity epidemic overnight, we recognize it is most definitely a critical piece of the puzzle. That’s why the American Heart Association joined Team Up for School Nutrition Success as an allied organization.
  • Junio 26 2015
    By Hans Billger, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA, Food and Nutrition Service -- USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is committed to supporting struggling families and helping the most vulnerable Americans put food on the table. To this end, FNS is looking for ways to increase competition in the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system, the process by which most benefits are redeemed. 
  • Junio 25 2015
    By Danielle Fleury and Kacie O'Brien, Farm to School Regional Leads, Food and Nutrition Service -- With the warm summer sunshine and the sweet taste of the season’s bounty here, it’s a great time to reflect upon some best practices for a flourishing summer meals program. We’re highlighting three examples that emphasize replicable strategies for bringing local, nutritious foods and educational activities to children throughout the long summer break.
  • Junio 22 2015
    By Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary Arne Duncan -- During the school year, over 21 million children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch each day through the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. But, when school is out, many children who rely on these meals go hungry. The challenge is particularly great in rural areas and Indian Country, where 15 percent of households are food insecure.
  • Junio 12 2015
    By Tegan Hagy, Farm to School Regional Lead, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office -- One of the best parts of my job as a Farm to School Regional Lead for the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is visiting schools and districts that are bringing local foods into the cafeteria and teaching students where their food comes from.
  • Junio 11 2015
    By Elizabeth Rahavi, RD, Nutritionist, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion -- This spring, kids from across the country honed their culinary and nutrition skills to participate in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, and the wait is over to find out who received the top spot from each of the 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The winners of the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge have been announced on Let’s Move’s! website.
  • Junio 4 2015
    By Armando Vasquez, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service -- Cindy Bomar is a dedicated person; she is dedicated to her job and to her various volunteer organizations.  And most of her charitable efforts are devoted to helping children, especially poor children. 
  • Mayo 29 2015
    By Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service -- Summer vacation is something all kids look forward to, but unfortunately hunger doesn’t take a vacation. More than 21 million American children and teens depend on free or reduced-price school meals during the school year, and when school cafeterias close, many of them lose their most important source of balanced nutrition and are at risk of going hungry.