WIC UPC spotlight
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Notice to Stakeholders: USDA Acts on Feedback, Requests Public Input on the National Universal Product Code (NUPC) Database

USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a critical resource in ensuring a strong nutritional foundation for participants. Today, USDA is taking a step to gather additional information on ways to improve and maximize usage of a key tool we provide our state partners through the release of a Request for Information on the WIC National Universal Product Code Database. 

USDA and HHS Take Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting on the Road
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USDA and HHS Take Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting on the Road

Consistent with their emphasis on transparency and broad public participation, USDA, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is kicking off the fourth Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting today in Houston, Texas. This meeting – the first in decades held outside the D.C. Beltway – is part of the multi-year long process to develop the nation’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and includes the second opportunity for the public to provide oral comments to the committee.

USDA Announces School and Summer Meals Reforms
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USDA Announces School and Summer Meals Reforms

Delivering on his promise to act on feedback from dietary professionals, Secretary  Sonny Perdue announced two proposals today that will put local school and summer food service operators back in the driver’s seat of their programs, because they know their children best.

USDA Releases SNAP Payment Error Rate for 2018
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Notice to Stakeholders: FNS Updates SNAP Keys to Payment Accuracy

Reflecting the responsibility that USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) shares with state SNAP agencies to operate the program with integrity, today the agency released an updated edition of its Keys to Payment Accuracy information resources

Recognizing the Life-Changing Power of Employment
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Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Highlights 2019 Accomplishments

Deputy Under Secretary Brandon Lipps today highlighted the agency’s many accomplishments over the past year to leverage our nation’s agricultural abundance to ensure every American has access to wholesome, nutritious food, even when they face challenging circumstances. 

USDA Restores Original Intent of SNAP: A Second Chance, Not A Way of Life
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USDA Restores Original Intent of SNAP: A Second Chance, Not A Way of Life

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, Secretary  Sonny Perdue today announced a final rule to move more able-bodied recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) towards self-sufficiency and into employment. The rule restores the system to what Congress intended: assistance through difficult times, not a way of life.

Farms and Schools – A Critical Link for a Healthy Future
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FNS Blog: Farms and Schools – A Critical Link for a Healthy Future

One of my fondest childhood memories was helping my grandma tend to the fresh fruits and vegetables in her garden. After a morning’s work outside in the sunshine, the fresh-picked corn was a feast for the taste buds and a sweet reward for our hard work. Working alongside my grandma taught me many important lessons – notably, that food on the table across the nation is a result of the dedication and effort of America’s farmers.

FNS Blog: Farmers and Ranchers
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FNS Blog: Farmers and Ranchers - The Foundation of our Nation’s Nutrition Assistance Programs

You may be familiar with Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” speech that he delivered to the FFA Convention in November 1978. What he said then still rings true today. He describes the hard work and sacrifices as well as the gentle family spirit and sense of community that farmers and ranchers have provided from generation to generation across our great country. Farmers and ranchers are the backbone of America, working from sun-up to sundown, taking care of the land and livestock and providing food for their fellow citizens and the rest of the world.

TEFAP Rule Change
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Notice to Stakeholders: New Rule to Enhance Customer Service and Link Farms to Food Banks in TEFAP

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost through food banks and pantries. In recent years, a number of states have recognized the value of supporting donations from local farmers to their food bank networks – commonly known as Farm to Food Bank Projects.  

Prevalence in Food Security in 2019 is down from 2017
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ERS Blog: Food Insecurity in U.S. Households in 2018 is Down from 2017, Continuing Trend and Returning to Pre-Recession (2007) Level

In 2018, food insecurity returned to the pre-recession level of 11.1 percent, last observed in 2007. It is down from 11.8 percent in 2017 and a high of 14.9 percent in 2011. USDA’s Economic Research Service recently released its Household Food Security in the United States in 2018 on the incidence and severity of food insecurity in U.S. households. 

Seven Ways Farm to School Can Make You ‘Cool’
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FNS Blog: Seven Ways Farm to School Can Make You ‘Cool’

As we celebrate Farm to School Month this October, we can all feel the temperatures cooling down with the fall season. Here are seven ways USDA’s Farm to School Program can make your school and community ‘cooler’ throughout the year!

SNAP SUA Changes
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USDA To Modernize SNAP Benefit Calculations

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2019 – USDA is announcing a proposed rule to modernize the way utility costs are factored in when states calculate a household’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

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