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USDA Selects Kansas State University to Improve Child Nutrition Safety

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has selected Kansas State University to direct the Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs. The research resulting from this partnership will help improve food safety across all of USDA’s child nutrition programs, which serve billions of meals to children each year.

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USDA Seeks Public Input on Child Nutrition Food Crediting

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a public invitation to submit ideas on food crediting, the system that defines how each food item fits into a meal for the National School Lunch Program and other federal child nutrition programs. The information collected will help USDA officials better understand its diverse stakeholders’ perspectives on navigating today’s evolving food and nutrition environment.

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USDA Clears Arizona to Test SNAP Fraud Prevention Improvement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cleared the state of Arizona to test a program aimed at limiting fraud and reducing illegal trafficking in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program electronic benefit (EBT) cards. The two-year waiver, granted by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), will allow the state to require direct contact with SNAP benefit recipients who request a replacement EBT card more than two times in a 12 month period.

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USDA Promises New SNAP Flexibilities to Promote Self-Sufficiency

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is promising increased cooperation with states in the operation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to promote self-sufficiency, integrity in the program, and better customer service. To make these improvements, USDA intends to offer state agencies greater local control over SNAP, the safety net program that serves millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. Specifics on such flexibilities will be communicated to state agencies in the coming weeks.

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USDA Publishes School Meals Rule, Expands Options, Eases Challenges

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today provided local food service professionals the flexibility they need to serve wholesome, nutritious, and tasty meals in schools across the nation. The new School Meal Flexibility Rule, published today, makes targeted changes to standards for meals provided under USDA’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and asks customers to share their thoughts on those changes with the Department.

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Niños en Puerto Rico Recibirán Comida Gratuita en las Escuelas

Los niños en Puerto Rico empezarán a recibir comida gratuita en las escuelas y colegios en un esfuerzo para proporcionar alivio a aquellos que han sido afectados por el huracán Maria, afirmó hoy el Departamento de Agricultura de EE.UU. (USDA). Esta medida potencialmente ayudará a más de 1,550 escuelas y 450,000 niños.

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Puerto Rican Children to Receive Free School Meals

Children in Puerto Rico will receive free school meals in an effort to provide further relief to those affected by Hurricane Maria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced. The measure will potentially affect more than 1,550 schools and 450,000 children.

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SNAP Recipients Affected by Northern California Wild Fires Receive USDA Relief

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program households impacted by the recent wildfires in Northern California will receive support from USDA to replace food lost in the disaster and purchase hot foods at SNAP-authorized retailers through November 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced. 

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USDA Brings Key Resources to Individuals and Communities Hit by Recent Hurricanes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is making it easier for North Carolina schools affected by Hurricane Florence to feed students during this time of great need. All students in affected disaster areas in North Carolina will now be able to enjoy free school meals provided by USDA’s National School Lunch Program through October 26. This and additional measures will potentially benefit 31 school districts and over 284,000 children.

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USDA Continues Disaster Assistance in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is continuing its efforts to address the nutrition needs of Puerto Rican residents affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Working closely with federal partners, USDA has supported efforts in Puerto Rico since the Presidential Disaster Declaration.

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USDA Announces SNAP Policy for Displaced Puerto Rico Residents

Individuals receiving benefits under Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP), who have been displaced due to the recent hurricanes, can apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits in the area where they currently reside, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced.

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USDA Approves D-SNAP for Florida Disaster Counties

Floridians struggling with the after effects of Hurricane Irma could be eligible for help buying food through USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today.

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USDA Helps Schools Feed Kids in Hurricane-Hit Georgia, Florida

Students in Georgia schools affected by Hurricane Irma will be provided free meals through the end of September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today, along with additional flexibilities in federal child nutrition programs in Georgia and Florida aimed at making it easy for children to be fed.

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USDA: Help on Way for Households Hit by Irma

American families coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma will receive much needed nutrition relief, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.  Notably, packages of American grown and produced nutritious USDA Foods will be available across hurricane-stricken areas in Florida.

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USDA Assists Florida Children Affected by Irma

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it is making it easier for Florida schools affected by Hurricane Irma to feed students during this time of great need. The measures will potentially impact over 1,800 schools and 1.4 million children.

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USDA Okays SNAP Hot Foods Waiver for Hurricane Hit Virgin Islands

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday approved a temporary waiver that will allow participants in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the United States Virgin Islands to buy hot foods with their benefits through Nov. 13.

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