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WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $25 million in grants to help schools purchase needed kitchen equipment as they continue to provide school lunches and breakfasts that give children the nutrition they need to learn and grow. Over 90 percent of schools report that they are successfully meeting the updated nutrition standards, serving meals with more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy, and less sodium and fat.

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.