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March 29, 2011

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USDA Expands Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Schools across the Nation

Letter in Support of the FIT Kids Act

USDA, FNS Child Nutrition Programs Income Eligibility Guidelines Announced

USDA, FNS Materials Now Available in Spanish

Agriculture Under Secretary Joins Nutrition Partners to Launch Childhood Hunger Campaign in Connecticut

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USDA Expands Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Schools across the Nation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that, as authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), USDA will expand assistance to state agencies for schools operating USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) in the 2011-2012 school year. This venture is part of the Obama administration's efforts to improve the health of our children through access to nutritious meals in schools and also serves as a valuable resource to schools that continue working to improve the nutrition of the foods served. The assistance will provide free fresh fruit and vegetables to children throughout the school day.

“Improving the health and nutrition of our kids is a national imperative and by providing schools with fresh fruits and vegetables that expand their healthy options, we are helping our kids to have a brighter, healthier future,” said Vilsack. “Every time our kids eat a piece of fruit or a vegetable, they are learning healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime.”

This year, USDA plans to provide $158 million in assistance to state agencies. States then select schools to participate based on criteria in the 2008 Farm Bill, including the requirement that each student receives between $50 and $75 worth of fresh produce over the school year.

Visit www.fns.usda.gov for information about FNS and nutrition assistance programs.

Letter in Support of the FIT Kids Act

The Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act (S.576/H.R.1057) supports physical education for all public school children grades K-12. This legislation was introduced by Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Jim Gerlach (R-PA), and by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). Physical education ensures that kids are active during the school day and learn how to improve their health through exercise and eating healthy.

Childhood obesity in the U.S. has reached epidemic proportions, and schools need to be part of the solution. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that children engage in at least an hour of physical activity daily. School is where kids learn how to be active and to eat a healthy diet.

The School Nutrition Association has proudly signed onto a letter supporting the FIT Kids Act along with other associations, such as the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and the National Football League.

To read the entire bill, please visit: www.thomas.loc.gov

USDA, FNS Child Nutrition Programs Income Eligibility Guidelines Announced

USDA has announced its annual adjustments to the Income Eligibility Guidelines. These guidelines are used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk for the period starting July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program. The annual adjustments are required by Section 9 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The guidelines are updated annually to account for changes in the Consumer Price Index and are intended to directly benefit the children most in need.

The guidelines are based on the Federal income poverty guidelines and are ordered by household size. The following are the Income Eligibility Guidelines, effective on July 1, 2011. They were calculated by multiplying the 2011 Federal income poverty guidelines by 1.30 and 1.85, respectively, and by rounding the up to the next whole dollar.

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USDA, FNS Materials Now Available in Spanish

USDA, Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) division has announced the release of two new Spanish versions of their outreach materials: The Summer Food Service Outreach Toolkit and How to Get Food Help.

The Summer Food Service Program Outreach Toolkit has tips for how to reach families and children, schools and community organizations. It also has a series of templates for letters, press releases, calendars and posters. These templates can also be customized with a specific organization’s contact information and feeding site details, click here to download. How to Get Food Help, is a low-literacy, clear language brochure for consumers about how to apply for USDA’s nutrition assistance programs. It is available for order, up to 700 copies for free, at www.snap.ntis.gov.

Agriculture Under Secretary Joins Nutrition Partners to Launch Childhood Hunger Campaign in Connecticut

USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon joined Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and community leaders, chefs and education officials to launch the Connecticut No Kid Hungry Campaign. The statewide, public-private partnership with Share Our Strength and End Hunger Connecticut!, is designed to increase involvement in federally-funded school-based food and nutrition programs over the next five years.

“USDA nutrition programs provide low-income kids healthy meals during the school year and in the summer so they can be better fueled to learn and reach their full potential," said USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Concannon.

In Connecticut, more than 127,000 children are at risk of hunger. The Summer Meals Program provides meals for children when school is out, but nearly 75 percent of eligible children do not receive summer meals. The After School Supper Program closes the dinnertime hunger gap so kids can participate in after-school activities and complete their homework without being hungry, roughly 24,000 children are eligible but do not participate. Currently, there is only one After School Supper Program in the state serving just about 100 children.

Campaign partners also have a year one goal to increase enrollment in the After School Supper Program by 10 percent, serving an additional 2,400 meals. Partners will increase participation by reaching out to after school snack providers, summer meals sites, school meal vendors and state-funded after school programs in high-need communities.

For more information on this campaign and other FNS programs, please visit: www.fns.usda.gov


 
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