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Stakeholder Notification

USDA Publishes Proposed Rule Maintaining School Meal Flexibilities

In line with USDA’s unwavering promise to serve America’s children well through school meal programs, the department today announced it will publish a proposed rule maintaining flexibility for schools to serve tasty meals their kids will be eager to eat. These proposed changes respond directly to the needs of nutrition professionals who are the experts on-the-ground, hearing from our children every day. 

USDA Announces School and Summer Meals Reforms
Stakeholder Notification

USDA Extends Comment Period on Proposed School and Summer Meal Reforms

USDA today announced it is extending the deadline for the public to comment on a pair of proposed rules on school and summer meals reforms. USDA is providing additional time to ensure those who wish to provide input do not miss out on the opportunity while dealing with the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

USDA Announces School and Summer Meals Reforms
Stakeholder Notification

USDA Sets the Record Straight on Proposed School Meals Flexibilities

Under current rules, children are throwing 25 percent of nutrients straight into the trash can. This is not serving children well. USDA has announced a proposal to increase flexibility and decrease administrative burden for local districts, while continuing to ensure that children receive wholesome, nourishing meals they want to eat.

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Stakeholder Notification

USDA Publishes Proposed Rule - Aims to Streamline SFSP Operations

USDA will publish in the Federal Register a proposed rule, “Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program,” providing flexibilities that will allow local SFSP operators to spend more time serving children wholesome meals and less time mired in red tape. 

USDA Releases SNAP Payment Error Rate for 2018
Stakeholder Notification

FNS Updates SNAP Keys to Payment Accuracy

Reflecting the responsibility that USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service 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.

TEFAP Rule Change
Stakeholder Notification

New Rule to Enhance Customer Service and Link Farms to Food Banks in TEFAP

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost through food banks and pantries. In recent years, a number of states have recognized the value of supporting donations from local farmers to their food bank networks – commonly known as Farm to Food Bank Projects.  

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Stakeholder Notification

Easing the Transition to New Grain-Based Food Measures in CACFP

Customer service is a priority for this Department and taking stakeholder input seriously is an integral part of ensuring optimal service is delivered. Today’s final rule adjusting timelines for the Child and Adult Care Food Program requirements is the latest example of this.

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Stakeholder Notification

USDA Awards Tufts $8.5M to Foster Telehealth Tech for WIC Moms

Technological advances are streamlining industries across the globe. To make use of these innovations for program participants, USDA today announced the award of an $8.5 million cooperative agreement with Tufts University to test and evaluate the use of telehealth innovations in delivery of USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

FNS 50th Anniversary
Stakeholder Notification

FNS 50th Anniversary – A Renewed Commitment to Our Future

On August 8, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service celebrated 50 remarkable years of service dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through our nation’s vital nutrition programs.  It was a special moment to reflect on how these valuable programs, and the laws that authorize and shape them, have grown and evolved to meet changing food and nutrition needs, always with an eye to good stewardship.