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USDA Announces Additional Support to Help Schools Buy Local

Secretary Vilsack today announced grants for 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia that support the USDA efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School program.

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USDA Celebrates National Farm to School Month

Secretary Vilsack today highlighted important strides made in offering healthy, local food to millions of school children through USDA's Farm to School program, and emphasized the program's role in creating economic opportunity for America's farmers and ranchers.

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USDA Study Shows SNAP Participation Leads to Improved Food Security

Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program leads to improved food security, particularly among low-income children, according to the findings of Measuring the Effect of SNAP Participation on Food Security released today by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service.

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USDA Tests New Methods to Ensure Children Have Access to Healthy Food during the Summer Months

An Agriculture Department evaluation released today examines the impact of a new alternative delivery method for providing low income children with access to food during the summer months when school meals are not available. As part of its ongoing commitment to improving access to healthy food for low income children, USDA has set a goal of serving 5 million more meals to eligible children this summer.

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New Research Shows Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Supports Healthy Diet Choices among Participants

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program increases the likelihood that recipients will eat whole fruit, and leads to a modest decrease in the consumption of dark green and orange vegetables. Overall, the diets of participants and low-income non-participants are similar, according to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Leads to Modest Changes in Diet Qualitya report released today by USDA’s Economic Research Service.

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Agriculture Secretary Visits San Diego Summer Meals Site; Calls on Communities to Help Ensure Children Have Access to Healthy Food Year Round

Secretary Vilsack today highlighted the problem of increased childhood hunger during months when school is not in session. At an event at Colina Del Sol Recreation Center, he called on communities across the country to partner with USDA's Summer Food Service Program to ensure that no child goes hungry when school is out. Vilsack reiterated the vital role of partners in reaching eligible children and their families and challenged them to help USDA serve 5 million more meals this summer.

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SNAP Nutrition Education Grants Program Streamlined, Will Focus on Critical Problem of Obesity

The USDA today announced the implementation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program nutrition education (SNAP-Ed) provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The changes will add a renewed focus on the critical problem of obesity by expanding the scope of existing nutrition education efforts. These changes are designed to increase the likelihood that low-income people will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles.