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USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Sally

USDA reminds communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses in the path of Hurricane Sally that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices stand ready and are eager to help.

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USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Hurricane Laura

USDA reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Laura that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices are actively responding, providing emergency response staffing and a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and impacted communities at large.

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USDA Expands D-SNAP in 10 Iowa Counties Recovering from Derecho

USDA today announced that low-income Iowa residents in 10 additional counties recovering from the effects of the derecho storm that hit the Midwest in August could be eligible for a helping hand from the USDA Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

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WTAS: USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

Last week, Secretary Sonny Perdue announced  USDA will extend several flexibilities through as late as Dec. 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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USDA Approves D-SNAP for Louisiana Disaster Areas

USDA announced today that low-income Louisiana residents recovering from Hurricane Laura could be eligible for a helping hand from the USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). 

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USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

Today, Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the USDA will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Iowa Disaster Areas

USDA announced today that low-income Iowa residents recovering from the effects of the derecho storm that hit the Midwest earlier this month could be eligible for a helping hand from the USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). 

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USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Idaho

Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the approval of Idaho to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT). This new program provides the value of school breakfast and lunch to families of children who would otherwise receive free and reduced-price school meals, if not for COVID-related school closures.

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USDA Announces Award for New Milk Incentive Program  

USDA today announced the award of nearly $1 million for an innovative pilot program designed to encourage SNAP participants to purchase and consume milk as part of a healthy, balanced diet.  Through a cooperative agreement with the Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, SNAP participants shopping at select grocery stores in Texas will receive incentives for purchasing qualifying milk.  

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SNAP Benefits to Increase in Fiscal Year 2021

USDA today released its June 2020 Cost of Foods Report, announcing a 5.3% increase in the cost of the Thrifty Food Plan from last year. Based on this new update, beginning October 1, SNAP participants’ maximum monthly benefit allotment will be at the highest level in the history of the program.

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USDA Approves Arkansas and Hawaii to Accept SNAP Benefits Online

Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced approval of a request from Arkansas and Hawaii to provide online purchasing of food to SNAP households. This approval will allow Arkansas and Hawaii to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date to be announced at a later time.

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USDA Approves North Dakota to Accept SNAP Benefits Online

Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced approval of a request from North Dakota to provide online purchasing of food to SNAP households This approval will allow North Dakota to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date to be announced at a later time.

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USDA Boosts Food Assistance for Tribes During Pandemic  

In partnership with tribes across the country, the USDA announced additional food for families in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The increased food assistance will temporarily supplement the monthly food package FDPIR households currently receive.

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FNS Blog: USDA Ensures Food, Funding during Pandemic

This is a challenging time for many Americans when access to food is more essential than ever. Thankfully, USDA’s vital partners are helping feed those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. And for that, we couldn’t be more grateful.

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USDA Meals to You Partnership Delivers Nearly 30 Million Meals

Secretary Sonny Perdue lauded the achievement of its Meals to You partnership, which has now delivered more than 28.5 million meals to the doorsteps of low-income kids in rural communities across America during the COVID-19 health crisis.

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USDA Posts the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Final Report  

USDA today posted the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s final scientific report, an objective review of the latest available science on specific nutrition topics. The report’s evidence-based findings will inform USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as they co-develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which will provide recommendations on what to eat and drink to promote health and prevent chronic disease. 

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