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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • Mayo 20 2015
    Guest blog by Kyle Zimmer, CEO of First Book -- We all know that nutrition is closely tied to school performance.  Brains and bodies need healthy foods to nourish and nurture their development.  While schools play a critical role in providing free and reduced cost breakfasts and lunches during the school year, those needs can be even greater in the summer when children are out of school and families’ limited food budgets need to account for those extra meals.
  • Mayo 19 2015
    By Dave Tuckwiller, AMS Commodity Procurement Program Director -- USDA's commodity purchases play an important role in supporting American agriculture.  One commodity purchasing effort – the USDA Foods Program – purchases about 2 billion pounds of nutritious, domestically produced foods each year and supplies this food to families, schools, food banks, and communities nationwide, also serving as a key tool for combatting hunger.
  • Mayo 18 2015
    By Dr. Katie Wilson, Deputy Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services -- As a former school nutrition director, I can tell you that school nutrition professionals are dedicated to serving nutritious meals to their students and committed to making the new meal patterns work. The new standards require schools to prepare healthier meals for the nearly 31 million children who rely on them each and every school day.
  • Mayo 14 2015
    By Deborah Kane, National Director, USDA Farm to School Program -- They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the digital age we have ample opportunity to document and broadcast every moment, meeting and meal. We have all seen those unappetizing photos of food served at school that quickly go viral. It’s natural to ask, “Is this what they serve for lunch!?” No, it’s really not.
  • Mayo 12 2015
    Guest Blog by Sharon Foley, Whitley County School District, KY -- During the more than two decades I’ve worked in schools, I’ve witnessed what we now know to be true: healthy kids learn better. But I’ll also let you in on a secret: Not only are healthy foods better for our children’s long-term outcomes, kids like healthy foods!
  • Mayo 7 2015
    Guest post by Elly Spinweber, Partnership for a Healthier America -- This spring, a collaboration of companies, celebrities, athletes and foundations launched FNV—a new brand focused on increasing consumption and sales of fruits and vegetables among teens and moms.
  • Mayo 4 2015
    By Allison Magness, Research Analyst, Food and Nutrition Service -- USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is committed to helping America’s children get the nutritious food they need to learn and grow.  Direct certification for school meals is one important strategy to make that possible for the low-income children.  
  • Abril 30 2015
    Guest blog by Chef Brenda Thompson, RDN -- As an advocate for school foodservice staff, I am committed to being a resource—both in getting the word out about the nutrition goals schools are achieving daily and in helping kitchen staff be more efficient and have fun at their jobs.
  • Abril 27 2015
    By Shelley Maniscalco, Director, Office of Nutrition Marketing and Communication, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion -- As registered dietitian nutritionists, we love to see MyPlate in action!  MyPlate was created as a familiar mealtime symbol that helps people learn about choosing a variety of healthy foods within all the food groups.  It is a foundation which can be built upon to reach any audience where they are and in ways most impactful for them.
  • Abril 16 2015
    Guest post by Sitoya Mansell, California State University, San Bernardino -- After becoming a MyPlate On Campus Ambassador in 2013, a California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) student and Nutrition and Food Sciences major Sitoya Mansell was inspired to create a nutrition program for students on her campus. 

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