This report responds to the charge in the explanatory statement of Chairman Obey, entered into the Congressional Record February 23, 2009, regarding the request from Congress in the conference report for the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Public Law 111–8). The conference report included the following directive:
The Food and Nutrition Service is directed to provide a report to the Committee evaluating the impact that nutrition education is having on preventing obesity and improving the likelihood that eligible low-income people will make healthy food choices within a limited budget. The report shall include: which programs this nutrition education is funded through; how much was provided in fiscal years (FYs) 2007 and 2008 for each program, and a description of all guidance materials and policy documents that were developed with this funding inFYs 2007 and 2008.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) shares the Committee’s interest in ensuring that nutrition education and promotion funded by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) helps participants make healthy food and lifestyle choices. Nutrition assistance programs and the nutrition education that often accompany them, provide millions of Americans with access to healthy, nourishing food, and to the tools, skills and information needed to help them and their families make healthy choices every day.