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USDA Provides School Meal Flexibility, Feeds Disaster Victims and More in 2018

Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Service Brandon Lipps today highlighted the accomplishments of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in 2018, from common-sense flexibilities for school meal providers to the agency’s vigorous response to provide food to the victims of coast-to-coast natural disasters.

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Perdue Applauds USDA’s 2018 Accomplishments

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the accomplishments made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the past year. USDA has continued enacting President Trump’s goals of regulatory reform, streamlining government, and refocusing USDA to be customer oriented.

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

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a proposed rule intended to move more able-bodied recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to self-sufficiency through the dignity of work. The rule is meant to restore the system to what it was meant to be: assistance through difficult times, not lifelong dependency. Over time, without any changes in the underlying welfare reform legislation of 1996, that ideal has been watered down by out-of-control administrative flexibility in SNAP.

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USDA Highlights Opportunities for Producers and Vendors

Earlier this week, a new USDA Foods vendor delivered 2,000 gallons of fresh milk to the D.C. Capital Area Food Bank. The delivery was one of many taking place at food banks across the country resulting from purchases made by the USDA to provide market support to the dairy industry.

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Responding to the Needs of Local Schools, USDA Publishes School Meals Final Rule

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today empowered local schools with additional options to serve healthy and appealing meals. A final rule on school meal flexibilities, to be published later this month in the Federal Register, increases local flexibility in implementing school nutrition standards for milk, whole grains, and sodium. Secretary Perdue said the final rule will deliver on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) promise, made in a May 2017 proclamation, to develop forward-thinking strategies that ensure school nutrition standards are both healthful and practical.

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USDA Provides Additional Food Disaster Assistance in Three California Counties Hit by Wildfires

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that households in three California counties have been approved to receive Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits. D-SNAP will be offered in parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to the impact of the Woolsey and Hill wildfires, and Butte County in northern California due to the Camp Fire. Households in the affected areas may be eligible if they have qualifying disaster-related expenses and meet D-SNAP income limits.

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USDA Provides Hurricane Michael Victims Needed Relief and Recovery Aid

To help residents, farmers and ranchers affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid people in their recovery efforts. 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 Provides 20 Hurricane-Damaged Georgia Counties with Additional Food Assistance

As part of the continuing effort to provide relief from the effects of Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that households in 20 Georgia counties that may not normally be eligible for nutrition assistance under regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules may temporarily qualify for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits. Households may be eligible if they have qualifying disaster-related expenses and meet D-SNAP income limits.

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USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for North Carolina Disaster Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that residents of three additional North Carolina counties -- Chatham, Durham, and Gilford – will be eligible for disaster food benefits through USDA’s Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP). President Trump extended the disaster declaration for these three counties as part of ongoing federal efforts to support Americans impacted by Hurricane Florence in September.

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USDA Provides 12 Hurricane-Hit Florida Counties with Additional SNAP Food Options

As part of a continuing effort to provide relief from the effects of Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that households in 12 Florida counties that may not normally be eligible for nutrition assistance under regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules may temporarily qualify for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits. Households may be eligible if they have qualifying disaster-related expenses and meet D-SNAP income limits.

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Hot Foods Purchases Approved for SNAP Recipients in 23 Georgia Counties

To provide relief from the impacts of Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will allow participants in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 23 Georgia counties to buy hot foods with their benefits through Nov. 17, 2018.

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USDA Announces Replacement SNAP Benefits in 12 Hurricane-Impacted Florida Counties

Households impacted by Hurricane Michael in 12 Florida counties could be eligible for mass replacement of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced. This is one of several steps USDA is taking to ensure Floridians in need have the means to purchase food.

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USDA Awards Cooperative Agreement to Enhance WIC Services

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) today announced a $2-million cooperative agreement with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to conduct an in-depth, practicable evaluation of local agencies’ strategies to improve services provided by the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

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USDA Provides Hurricane Florence Victims Needed Relief and Recovery Aid

As Hurricane Florence approached, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use all available authorities to ensure the security and safety of those in the path of the storm, and to aid victims in their recovery efforts. 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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