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USDA Announces Online Tool to Help Families Find Meals for Kids During COVID-19 Emergency 

USDA today announced the launch of an online tool – the “Meals for Kids” Site Finder – to help families find meals for children while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. This is the latest in a series of swift actions USDA has taken to keep children and low-income individuals fed during the ongoing health crisis. 

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FRAUD ALERT: USDA Warns of Scams Targeting SNAP Recipients

USDA is warning SNAP participants to be on the lookout for potential scammers using the COVID-19 situation to steal personal information. USDA is issuing this warning after receiving reports of several possible SNAP fraud attempts.

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USDA Working with Private Sector in Response to COVID-19

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced new contacts to encourage communication with USDA to help feed kids and ensure the United States food supply chain remains strong in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

USDA Continues Focus on Service During COVID-19 Outbreak
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USDA Continues Focus on Service During COVID-19 Outbreak

While President Donald J. Trump continues to take action during this COVID-19 National Emergency and enact measures to ensure Americans are safe, secure, and healthy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to be open for business to provide services to the American people.

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USDA Announces Feeding Program Partnership in Response to COVID-19

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a collaboration with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global, PepsiCo, and others to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals to students in a limited number of rural schools closed due to COVID-19.

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Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Address to the Nation Regarding COVID-19

“This is a time we all need to remain ever vigilant, pull together, put any kind of partisanship aside, and do what we need to do for the American people. At USDA, we are working to ensure children who are affected by school closures continue to get fed. We intend to use all available program flexibilities and contingencies to serve those affected by the outbreak,” said Secretary Perdue.

FNS Blog: School Meals that Rock
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FNS Blog: School Meals that Rock

When the USDA Food and Nutrition Service released new school meal flexibilities in November 2017, Kristin Hilleman, a Food & Nutrition Services Director in southern California, breathed a big sigh of relief. “It wasn’t a huge change,” said Hilleman. “But it is nice to have a little bit of flexibility, especially with sodium and the use of non-whole wheat, when planning meals, such as spaghetti.”

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USDA and HHS Announce Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting Will be Held Online

USDA, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced today that the fifth meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, originally scheduled to be held in Washington, DC, later this week, will move to an online-only format out of an abundance of caution in response to travel restrictions imposed by some of the members' employers for COVID-19. 

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USDA Makes It Easier, Safer to Feed Children in California Amid Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a request from California to allow meal service during school closures to minimize potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). These meals are available at no cost to low-income children – and are not required to be served in a group setting – to ensure kids receive nutritious meals while schools are temporarily closed.

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USDA Makes It Easier, Safer to Feed Children Amid Washington State Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a request from Washington State to allow meal service during school closures to minimize potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). These meals are available at no cost to low-income children, and are not required to be served in a group setting, to ensure kids receive nutritious meals while schools are temporarily closed.

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ICYMI: Secretary Perdue Strengthens SNAP E&T

Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a proposed rule that will strengthen the way states serve SNAP recipients through Employment and Training at the Jane Addams Resource Corp. in Maryland where they teach low-income adults and workers the skills they need to earn a living wage, connect job seekers with good jobs in the manufacturing sector, and foster the life skills that create a path out of poverty.

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USDA Improving Services to Provide More SNAP Participants the Dignity of Work

In light of President Trump’s historic economic expansion - with a 3.6% unemployment rate and 6.4 million job openings across the nation - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a proposed rule that will strengthen the way states serve SNAP recipients through Employment and Training.

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