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CHICAGO, March 27, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a Chicago school today to encourage more Chicago-area schools and community-based organizations to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) summer meal programs to help ensure no child goes hungry during the summer months. During the school year, 21 million American children receive free or reduced price lunch in schools, including nearly 800,000 kids in Illinois—but only 11 percent of eligible Illinois children participate in the summer meal programs.

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 -- Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon today announced significant progress in combating fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) took final actions to: (1) Impose sanctions, through fines or temporary disqualifications, on 153 stores found violating program rules; and (2) Permanently disqualify 257 stores for trafficking SNAP benefits (i.e. exchanging SNAP benefits for cash) or falsifying an application.

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new funding opportunities for state agencies and Indian tribal organizations to develop innovative strategies to prevent hunger and food insecurity. The demonstration projects under the new initiative are designed to find solutions so that no child goes hungry.

"These projects offer an opportunity to explore new ways of combating childhood hunger," said Vilsack. "By encouraging new innovations, we can not only improve childhood nutrition, but also promote economic development in high-need areas."