USDA Highlights Success of Rural Summer Meals Delivery Project in Texas
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USDA Highlights Success of Rural Summer Meals Delivery Project in Texas

Children’s nutritional needs do not take a summer break. This summer, the 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.

USDA Releases SNAP Payment Error Rate for 2018
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USDA Releases SNAP Payment Error Rate for 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released an analysis showing an increase in the benefit payment error rate in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018. SNAP’s national payment error rate – a measure of both overpayments and underpayments made by all states to program participants – was 6.8% in fiscal year 2018, up from 6.3% in last year’s reporting.

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USDA Proposes to Close SNAP Automatic Eligibility Loophole

USDA today proposed closing a loophole that allows states to make participants receiving minimal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits automatically eligible to participate in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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USDA Awards $5.1 Million in Grants to Combat SNAP Recipient Fraud

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today awarded nearly $5.1 million in SNAP Fraud Framework grants to fund innovative state projects designed to reduce recipient fraud and enhance integrity in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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USDA Announces Record-Breaking Funding for 2019 Farm to School Grants

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today the award of more than $9 million in USDA Farm to School Program grants that will increase the amount of healthy, local foods served in schools and create economic opportunities for nearby farmers. 

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USDA aprueba nueva fase de asistencia nutricional para Puerto Rico con el fin de ayudar con la recuperación de desastre

Los residentes de Puerto Rico que continúan la recuperación luego de los huracanes del 2017 pudieran ser elegibles para un aumento de asistencia de nutrición gracias a una subvención del Departamento de Agricultura de EE.UU. (USDA). Esta asistencia temporal será distribuida a través del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional (PAN) de Puerto Rico a partir de agosto.

USDA Kicks Off Summer Meals
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FNS Blog: Across the Country, USDA Kicks Off Summer Meals

The school year is out and summer meals are in! Around the country, places like schools, recreation centers, parks, churches, and libraries are serving free, nutritious summer meals to kids up to 18 years old through USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). SFSP was designed to help low-income students during the summer months who aren’t receiving free or reduced-price school meals to continue to have access to meals and snacks.

FNS Fills the Summer Meal Gap in Rural Areas
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FNS Blog: FNS Fills the Summer Meal Gap in Rural Areas

Most kids look forward to the end of school and the start of summer vacation, but for some it can also mean the loss of the regular meals they rely on during the school year. USDA’s summer meal programs, including the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), are there to help families ensure children have access to nutritious meals and snacks that help them learn and grow during the summer months.

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USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Arkansas Disaster Areas

Arkansas residents recovering from recent major flooding in 12 counties could be eligible for a helping hand from USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) announced today by the U.S Department of Agriculture.

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USDA Applauds Recent Settlement Regarding SNAP Quality Control Misconduct

USDA Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Brandon Lipps issued a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s settlement with a South Dakota based consultant regarding allegations of advising states to falsify SNAP quality control data.

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USDA Highlights Importance of Keeping Kids Fed During Summer Months

Children’s need for good nutrition does not end when school lets out for the summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding the public about its commitment to help families keep children in low-income areas fed throughout the summer, so they can return to school ready to learn and succeed in the fall.

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FNS Blog: FNS Acts to Remove Fraudulent Retailers from SNAP

You want to ensure your tax dollars are used properly. So does FNS. That is why we are continually working to improve federal administration and oversight of our programs. We undertake these efforts in order to ensure that resources are spent properly, effectively, efficiently, and as intended. When we learn of potential problems, we move quickly to act on what we learn. We did just that for some delivery route vendors whose behaviors raised suspicion.

FNS’ Role in Disaster Response
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FNS Blog: FNS’ Role in Disaster Response

Ensuring access to nutritious food is critically important when emergencies and disasters happen. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is prepared to work with states and with other federal agencies to support both immediate response, and longer-term recovery efforts.

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.