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DC and North Carolina Added to Innovative SNAP Online Pilot Program

Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced approval of the District of Columbia (DC) and North Carolina’s requests to provide online purchasing of food to SNAP households. This approval will allow the state and Federal District to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized online retailers with a target start date to be announced at a later time.

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USDA ofrece herramienta en la internet para ayudar a familias a encontrar comidas para sus niños durante emergencia de COVID-19

El Departamento de Agricultura de EE.UU. (USDA) hoy anunció el lanzamiento de una nueva herramienta en línea -- el Localizador de Sitios de “Comidas para Sus Niños”-- cuyo objetivo es ayudar a familias encontrar comidas para sus hijos mientras que las escuelas permanecen cerradas durante la pandemia del Coronavirus. Esta es la más reciente de una serie de acciones rápidas que ha tomado USDA para mantener alimentados a los niños e individuos de pocos recursos durante esta crisis de salud. 

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USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Rhode Island

Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Rhode Island has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Act  which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures.

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Florida and Idaho Added to Innovative SNAP Online Pilot Program

Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced approval for Florida and Idaho’s request to provide online purchasing of food to SNAP households in  Florida and Idaho. This approval will allow the states to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date later this month. 

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USDA Launches New Program to Feed Kids in Michigan

Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the first state, Michigan, has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Act which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures.

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Arizona and California Added to Innovative SNAP Online Pilot Program

Secretary Sonny Perdue announced approval for Arizona and California’s request to provide online purchasing of food to SNAP households in Arizona and California. This approval will allow the states to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized online retailers with a target start date later this month.

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USDA Announces Online Tool to Help Families Find Meals for Kids During COVID-19 Emergency 

USDA today announced the launch of an online tool – the “Meals for Kids” Site Finder – to help families find meals for children while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. This is the latest in a series of swift actions USDA has taken to keep children and low-income individuals fed during the ongoing health crisis. 

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FRAUD ALERT: USDA Warns of Scams Targeting SNAP Recipients

USDA is warning SNAP participants to be on the lookout for potential scammers using the COVID-19 situation to steal personal information. USDA is issuing this warning after receiving reports of several possible SNAP fraud attempts.

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USDA Working with Private Sector in Response to COVID-19

Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced new contacts to encourage communication with USDA to help feed kids and ensure the United States food supply chain remains strong in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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USDA Continues Focus on Service During COVID-19 Outbreak

While President Donald J. Trump continues to take action during this COVID-19 National Emergency and enact measures to ensure Americans are safe, secure, and healthy, USDA continues to be open for business to provide services to the American people.

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USDA Announces Feeding Program Partnership in Response to COVID-19

Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced a collaboration with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global, PepsiCo, and others to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals to students in a limited number of rural schools closed due to COVID-19.

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Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Address to the Nation Regarding COVID-19

“This is a time we all need to remain ever vigilant, pull together, put any kind of partisanship aside, and do what we need to do for the American people. At USDA, we are working to ensure children who are affected by school closures continue to get fed. We intend to use all available program flexibilities and contingencies to serve those affected by the outbreak,” said Secretary Perdue.

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FNS Blog: School Meals that Rock

When FNS released new school meal flexibilities in November 2017, Kristin Hilleman, a Food & Nutrition Services Director in southern California, breathed a big sigh of relief. “It wasn’t a huge change,” said Hilleman. “But it is nice to have a little bit of flexibility, especially with sodium and the use of non-whole wheat, when planning meals, such as spaghetti.”

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.