USDA Extends Free Meals for All Kids
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ICYMI: USDA Extends Free Meals for All Kids

President Donald Trump proclaimed this week National School Lunch Week 2020, highlighting the vital role of school nutrition professionals in ensuring that children in all communities nationwide continue to get nutritious meals, despite the challenges posed by the current public health emergency.

SNAP E&T National Forum Video
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USDA and 1,500 Partners Discuss Moving SNAP Participants Forward

Secretary Sonny Perdue today wrapped up USDA’s first-ever SNAP E&T National Work Forum. The three-day virtual, interactive conference connected over 1,500 partners from across the country and multiple sectors to share and learn best practices for promoting and increasing employment among SNAP households through state E&T programs.

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USDA Awards $10 Million to Move SNAP Participants Forward

Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today that USDA will award $10 million in grants to strengthen SNAP Employment and Training programs, which help participants gain the skills, training, or work experience they need to move toward and into employment.

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USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Delta

USDA is reminding communities, farmers, ranchers and small businesses in the path of Hurricane Delta that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices stand ready and are eager to help.
 

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SNAP Benefit Increase Takes Effect

The previously announced 5.3% cost of living increase to the maximum benefit amounts for SNAP takes effect today, the USDA reminded. As a result, SNAP households will likely see an increase in their benefits starting this month

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USDA Celebrates World School Milk Day with Visit to Lebanon, Pennsylvania

FNS Administrator Pam Miller visited two sites in Lebanon, PA, today to celebrate World School Milk Day. Miller met with the American Dairy Association North East and toured Brook-Corner Holsteins dairy farm to see first-hand the hard work and dedication American farmers put into getting nutritious milk and other products to the school lunch table.

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USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas

Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today that low-income Alabama residents recovering from Hurricane Sally could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

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USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for California Disaster Areas

Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today that low-income California residents dealing with the ongoing wildfires could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). 

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USDA Awards Over $5.5 Million in Grants to Strengthen SNAP Integrity

USDA today announced over $5.5 million in grants to state partners as part of ongoing efforts to enhance the program integrity of SNAP. USDA is providing $5 million in SNAP Fraud Framework Implementation Grants to combat recipient fraud as well as more than half a million in Income Verification Grants to help states ensure SNAP households receive the accurate amount of SNAP benefits.

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USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents to Prepare for Tropical Storm Beta

USDA reminds communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses in the path of Tropical Storm Beta that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices stand ready and are eager to help.

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USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Sally

USDA reminds communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses in the path of Hurricane Sally that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices stand ready and are eager to help.

USDA Disaster Assistance
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USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Hurricane Laura

USDA reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Laura that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices are actively responding, providing emergency response staffing and a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and impacted communities at large.

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USDA Expands D-SNAP in 10 Iowa Counties Recovering from Derecho

USDA today announced that low-income Iowa residents in 10 additional counties recovering from the effects of the derecho storm that hit the Midwest in August could be eligible for a helping hand from the USDA Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

WTAS: USDA Extens Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
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WTAS: USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

Last week, Secretary Sonny Perdue announced  USDA will extend several flexibilities through as late as Dec. 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Communications Division coordinates public and media communications for the USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services mission area. For media inquiries, please contact FNSpress@usda.gov or 703-305-2281.