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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Notice to Stakeholders: USDA Awards Tufts $8.5M to Foster Telehealth Tech for WIC Moms

Technological advances are streamlining industries across the globe. To make use of these innovations for program participants, the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the award of an $8.5 million cooperative agreement with Tufts University to test and evaluate the use of telehealth innovations in delivery of USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

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USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Dorian

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

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USDA Reinforces Sponsor Responsibility for SNAP Benefits of Certain Legal Immigrants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance to states today regarding the repayment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from the sponsors of non-citizens who participate in the program.  Today’s guidance follows the issuance of President Trump’s Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens, which directs relevant federal agencies to ensure compliance with the sponsor deeming and repayment obligations under current law.

USDA Empowers States to Improve SNAP Administration with Modern Technologies
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USDA Empowers States to Improve SNAP Administration with Modern Technologies

Today, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced a new pair of administrative flexibilities that enable states to leverage modern technologies in their efforts to deliver Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with improved customer service and integrity.

Brandon Lipps Swearing In
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Secretary Perdue Statement on Newly Appointed FNCS Leadership

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has sworn in Brandon Lipps as Deputy Under Secretary of the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS) and Pam Miller as the Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Innovation and Collaboration Bring Summer Meals to Children in Rural Texas
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FNS Blog: Innovation and Collaboration Bring Summer Meals to Children in Rural Texas

Children’s nutritional needs do not take a summer break. This summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service partnered with the Texas Department of Agriculture and Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative to help keep Texas children in several low-income rural areas fed during the summer through a summer meals demonstration project.

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.