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August 2, 2011

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USDA Announces Winner in First Lady’s Recipes for Healthy Kids Contest

USDA Awards Grants to Reduce Hunger and Improve Nutrition of School-Aged Kids by Increasing Enrollment in School Meals Programs

USDA’s Ag Research Service Offering Free Subscription for Food and Nutrition Research Briefs

Agriculture Secretary Highlights Improvements to the Nutritional Health of Hispanics in Communities across the Country

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USDA Announces Winner in First Lady’s Recipes for Healthy Kids Contest

Intermediate District 287, South Education Center Alternative in Richfield, Minn. has captured the Grand Prize in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Recipes for Healthy Kids competition. The contest challenged school nutrition professionals, students, parents, chefs and community members to collaborate in developing tasty, healthy recipes for school menus.

The winning district’s Porcupine Sliders was selected from among 340 recipes submitted by schools nationwide. School Nutrition Association President Helen Phillips served as a member of the judging team which tasted and evaluated recipe finalists.

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Administrator Audrey Rowe, who announced the winning recipe at a national cook-off held during the American Culinary Federation National Convention, said, "This is an outstanding achievement for our kids and for our efforts to bring healthier meals and healthier lifestyles to schools across the nation."

Other finalists included Central Valley Harvest Bake, submitted by Joshua Cowell School in Manteca, Calif.; and Tuscan Smoked Turkey & Bean Soup submitted by Ira B. Jones Elementary School in Asheville, N.C. Competing teams submitted recipes in three categories: Dry Beans, Dark Green-Orange Vegetables, and Whole Grains. The top 10 recipes in each category will be published in a Recipes for Healthy Kids cookbook to share with schools, students and families.

For recipes and more information, visit http://www.recipesforkidschallenge.com/.

USDA Awards Grants to Reduce Hunger and Improve Nutrition of School-Aged Kids by Increasing Enrollment in School Meals Programs

US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced New Hampshire and Idaho are to receive grants that will help eliminate childhood hunger and improve nutrition and health for school-aged kids. Two state agencies will receive the grants in order to reduce paperwork and expedite certification of students for free meals in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs through direct certification. Direct certification allows educational agencies to automatically enroll students from households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations without requiring the child's family to complete an additional application.

"Direct certification is a useful tool that allows us to get healthy meals to our kids so that they get access to the nutrition they need to learn and thrive," said Vilsack. "These grants will help states improve their direct certification process so that fewer eligible families will have to fill out duplicative paperwork for healthy school meals." Direct Certification Grants totaling nearly $3 million have been made to 15 states since January.
For more information, visit: www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/grants.htm.

USDA’s Ag Research Service Offering Free Subscription for Food and Nutrition Research Briefs

USDA's Agricultural Research Service invites you to a free subscription to "Food and Nutrition Research Briefs." "Briefs" is a short quarterly compilation of recent ARS research news on food, health, and fitness published online. Check out current and past issues at: www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/fnrb. To sign up, simply email dianne.odland@ars.usda.gov and please feel welcome to pass it on to any others you think might be interested.

Agriculture Secretary Highlights Improvements to the Nutritional Health of Hispanics in Communities across the Country

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2011 –Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today joined local, state, and national partners at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference to discuss efforts to combat hunger and improve the nutritional health of Hispanics, especially children.

For more information: http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2011/07/0317.xml&navid=NEWS_RELEASE&navtype=RT&parentnav=LATEST_RELEASES&edeployment_action=retrievecontent


 
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