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USDA Prepares, Releases Requested Informational Analysis on School Meals Eligibility under Proposed SNAP Rule

USDA released a new informational analysis on its proposed rule to refine categorical eligibility requirements based on receipt of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits under Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The new informational analysis estimates the indirect impact of the proposal on school meals programs. The department is also reopening the comment period for fourteen days to provide the public an opportunity to review and provide comment on this document as part of the rulemaking record.

USDA Recognizes Hard-Working School Meals Professionals, Empowers Them to Do Right in School Lunchrooms
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USDA Recognizes Hard-Working School Meals Professionals, Empowers Them to Do Right in School Lunchrooms

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement in support of President Donald J. Trump’s National School Lunch Week Proclamation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) celebrates food service professionals, school leaders, as well as the farmers, ranchers, and producers who grow the delicious, healthful, American-grown foods that kids enjoy every day in school lunches.

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FNS Blog: Farmers and Ranchers - The Foundation of our Nation’s Nutrition Assistance Programs

You may be familiar with Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” speech that he delivered to the FFA Convention in November 1978. What he said then still rings true today. He describes the hard work and sacrifices as well as the gentle family spirit and sense of community that farmers and ranchers have provided from generation to generation across our great country. Farmers and ranchers are the backbone of America, working from sun-up to sundown, taking care of the land and livestock and providing food for their fellow citizens and the rest of the world.

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Notice to Stakeholders: 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.  

Prevalence in Food Security in 2019 is down from 2017
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ERS Blog: Food Insecurity in U.S. Households in 2018 is Down from 2017, Continuing Trend and Returning to Pre-Recession (2007) Level

In 2018, food insecurity returned to the pre-recession level of 11.1 percent, last observed in 2007. It is down from 11.8 percent in 2017 and a high of 14.9 percent in 2011. USDA’s Economic Research Service recently released its Household Food Security in the United States in 2018 on the incidence and severity of food insecurity in U.S. households. 

Seven Ways Farm to School Can Make You ‘Cool’
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FNS Blog: Seven Ways Farm to School Can Make You ‘Cool’

As we celebrate Farm to School Month this October, we can all feel the temperatures cooling down with the fall season. Here are seven ways USDA’s Farm to School Program can make your school and community ‘cooler’ throughout the year!

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USDA To Modernize SNAP Benefit Calculations

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing a proposed rule to modernize the way utility costs are factored in when states calculate a household’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

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Notice to Stakeholders: 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, the U.S. Department of Agriculture 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 (WIC).

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USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Dorian

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

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USDA Reinforces Sponsor Responsibility for SNAP Benefits of Certain Legal Immigrants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance to states today regarding the repayment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from the sponsors of non-citizens who participate in the program.  Today’s guidance follows the issuance of President Trump’s Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens, which directs relevant federal agencies to ensure compliance with the sponsor deeming and repayment obligations under current law.

USDA Empowers States to Improve SNAP Administration with Modern Technologies
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USDA Empowers States to Improve SNAP Administration with Modern Technologies

Today, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced a new pair of administrative flexibilities that enable states to leverage modern technologies in their efforts to deliver Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with improved customer service and integrity.

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Secretary Perdue Statement on Newly Appointed FNCS Leadership

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has sworn in Brandon Lipps as Deputy Under Secretary of the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS) and Pam Miller as the Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Innovation and Collaboration Bring Summer Meals to Children in Rural Texas
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FNS Blog: Innovation and Collaboration Bring Summer Meals to Children in Rural Texas

Children’s nutritional needs do not take a summer break. This summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service partnered with the Texas Department of Agriculture and Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative to help keep Texas children in several low-income rural areas fed during the summer through a summer meals demonstration project.

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Notice to Stakeholders: 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.

USDA Highlights Success of Rural Summer Meals Delivery Project in Texas
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USDA Highlights Success of Rural Summer Meals Delivery Project in Texas

Children’s nutritional needs do not take a summer break. This summer, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service partnered with the Texas Department of Agriculture  and Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative to help keep Texas children in several low-income rural areas fed during the summer through a summer meals demonstration project.

USDA Releases SNAP Payment Error Rate for 2018
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USDA Releases SNAP Payment Error Rate for 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released an analysis showing an increase in the benefit payment error rate in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018. SNAP’s national payment error rate – a measure of both overpayments and underpayments made by all states to program participants – was 6.8% in fiscal year 2018, up from 6.3% in last year’s reporting.

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USDA Proposes to Close SNAP Automatic Eligibility Loophole

USDA today proposed closing a loophole that allows states to make participants receiving minimal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits automatically eligible to participate in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The Communications Division coordinates public and media communications for the USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services mission area. For media inquiries, please contact FNSpress@usda.gov or 703-305-2281.