Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • Enero 7 2016
    Today, we are delighted to announce the release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We know that a lifetime of healthy eating helps to prevent chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes. The Dietary Guidelines provides a clear path for the general public, as well as policy makers and health professionals and others who reach the public, to help Americans make healthy choices, informed by a thoughtful, critical, and transparent review of the scientific evidence on nutrition.
  • Enero 5 2016
    Schools across the country spend nearly $1 billion on chicken every year. That’s a lot of buying power. School Food FOCUS challenged us to think about the changes we can make to our food system if districts leveraged this buying power to create a demand for chicken that is better on the plate and for the environment.
  • Diciembre 29 2015
    By Hans Billger, Public Affairs Specialist, FNS -- It’s been another outstanding year for healthier school meals programs and the millions of American students that benefit from them.  Today, more than 97 percent of schools nationwide report they are meeting the updated school meal standards, which are based on pediatricians’ and nutritionists’ recommendations. The new meals provide children more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy, as well as less sugar, fat, and sodium.
  • Noviembre 23 2015
    Guest Blog by Betsy Rosenbluth, VT FEED, and Vera Chang, Shelburne Farms -- Time and resources are limited for teachers who are under rigorous demands to meet school standards. So Barrett Williams, a principal of Sharon Elementary School in Sharon, Vt., must be creative to ensure food, farming, nutrition, and place-based learning are part of students’ education.
  • Noviembre 18 2015
    Guest Blog by Providence Public Schools, Rhode Island -- In the heart of New England, PPSD has had historical ties to locally grown agriculture and food for centuries. For the past few years, PPSD requires that RI-grown products compose at least 15% of all food purchases annually, helping to economically support the RI food system with local dollars, while promoting the environmental benefits of local land stewardship.
  • Noviembre 17 2015
    Guest Blog by Katie Rainwater,FoodCorps -- If you ever bought into the idea that “kids don’t like vegetables,” our elementary schoolers could have changed your mind that day. Stationed in front of the school during after-school pick-up time, every car and person within reach received a glowing description of the wondrous greens the students helped grow, the most popular being a local native variety called Creasy Greens. These kids were convincing adults that they should eat their veggies!
  • Noviembre 4 2015
    By Emily Doxtator, WINS Intern, USDA Office of Tribal Relations - Traditional foods are of significant value to Native American and Alaskan Natives today. The same foods that have been used to feed our ancestors not only feed our bodies, but they feed our spirit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognizes this importance and works diligently to offer program and partnership opportunities that help enhance traditional food access in Indian Country.
  • Octubre 27 2015
    By Rex A. Barnes, Agricultural Marketing Service Associate Administrator -- USDA has programs and services that bring the bounty of American agriculture to people and communities across the country.  Our food purchases begin with American farmers, ranchers, and fishermen, and end their journey on the tables of our nation’s schools, food banks, and communities.
  • Octubre 26 2015
    Guest Blog by Andrew, a Wisconsin 7th Grader -- I am a student ambassador (for Fuel Up to Play 60) at my middle school in Wisconsin. I live in a dairy state. We have a lot of farms. In the short six mile drive from my house to school, I go by seven farms! There are also some green thumb farmers in our school. That is why we have our very own school garden.
  • Octubre 23 2015
    By Deborah Kane, Director, Office of Community Food Systems -- What can $598 million buy you these days? A lot of local food! This week, USDA announced early results from USDA’s second Farm to School Census indicating that school districts across the country invested more than half a billion dollars in local foods in the 2013-2014 school year.