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USDA and HHS Announce Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting Will be Held Online

USDA, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced today that the fifth meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, originally scheduled to be held in Washington, DC, later this week, will move to an online-only format out of an abundance of caution in response to travel restrictions imposed by some of the members' employers for COVID-19. 

2020 Secretary Visit - Jane Adams Resource Corporation (JARC)
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ICYMI: Secretary Perdue Strengthens SNAP E&T

Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a proposed rule that will strengthen the way states serve SNAP recipients through Employment and Training at the Jane Addams Resource Corp. in Maryland where they teach low-income adults and workers the skills they need to earn a living wage, connect job seekers with good jobs in the manufacturing sector, and foster the life skills that create a path out of poverty.

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Notice to Stakeholders: USDA Acts on Feedback, Requests Public Input on the National Universal Product Code (NUPC) Database

USDA’s WIC program is a critical resource in ensuring a strong nutritional foundation for participants. Today, USDA is taking a step to gather additional information on ways to improve and maximize usage of a key tool we provide our state partners through the release of a Request for Information on the WIC National Universal Product Code Database. 

USDA and HHS Take Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting on the Road
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USDA and HHS Take Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting on the Road

Consistent with their emphasis on transparency and broad public participation, USDA, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is kicking off the fourth Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting today in Houston, Texas. This meeting – the first in decades held outside the D.C. Beltway – is part of the multi-year long process to develop the nation’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and includes the second opportunity for the public to provide oral comments to the committee.

USDA Announces School and Summer Meals Reforms
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USDA Announces School and Summer Meals Reforms

Delivering on his promise to act on feedback from dietary professionals, Secretary  Sonny Perdue announced two proposals today that will put local school and summer food service operators back in the driver’s seat of their programs, because they know their children best.

USDA Releases SNAP Payment Error Rate for 2018
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Notice to Stakeholders: FNS Updates SNAP Keys to Payment Accuracy

Reflecting the responsibility that USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) shares with state SNAP agencies to operate the program with integrity, today the agency released an updated edition of its Keys to Payment Accuracy information resources

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.

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