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USDA Helps Schools Feed Kids in Hurricane-Hit Georgia, Florida

Students in Georgia schools affected by Hurricane Irma will be provided free meals through the end of September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today, along with additional flexibilities in federal child nutrition programs in Georgia and Florida aimed at making it easy for children to be fed.

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USDA: Help on Way for Households Hit by Irma

American families coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma will receive much needed nutrition relief, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.  Notably, packages of American grown and produced nutritious USDA Foods will be available across hurricane-stricken areas in Florida.

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USDA Assists Florida Children Affected by Irma

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it is making it easier for Florida schools affected by Hurricane Irma to feed students during this time of great need. The measures will potentially impact over 1,800 schools and 1.4 million children.

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USDA Okays SNAP Hot Foods Waiver for Hurricane Hit Virgin Islands

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday approved a temporary waiver that will allow participants in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the United States Virgin Islands to buy hot foods with their benefits through Nov. 13.

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USDA Recovery Efforts for Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses impacted Hurricane Irma that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices that stand ready and eager to help.

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USDA Eases Program Rules to Aid Florida, Other Irma-Stricken Areas

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today outlined steps the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has taken to help the people of Florida and other states and U.S. territories ravaged by Hurricane Irma, underscoring the Department’s commitment to feeding all those in need in times of disaster.

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USDA Makes It Easy for Hurricane-Hit Texas Schools to Feed Students

Schools reopening in hurricane-stricken areas of Texas will be allowed to provide meals through the National School Lunch Program to all students free of charge through Sept. 30.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has also granted these schools flexibilities with regard to what they serve and when they serve it, making it easier for them to feed students in hurricane-affected areas. 

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USDA and THHSC Announce Approval of D-SNAP for Texas Disaster Areas

Texans recovering from Hurricane Harvey could be eligible for disaster food benefits from the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through the availability of Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

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USDA, TDA: More Food Help on the Way for Households Hit by Harvey

Families affected by Hurricane Harvey will soon be able to receive food packages containing nutritious, high-quality foods--100 percent grown and produced on farms in the U.S.--known as USDA Foods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Texas Department of Agriculture announced today.

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USDA Eases WIC Food Package Rules for Texas Participants Affected by Harvey

Families participating in USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children in hurricane-stricken Texas will have an easier time finding WIC-approved foods for mothers and their children thanks to food-package flexibilities approved Sunday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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USDA Helps Hurricane Harvey Evacuees to Obtain Expedited Nutrition Assistance

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has issued special procedures that give all states flexibility in providing expedited Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to families who have evacuated their homes and moved outside the State of Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

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USDA, Texas Take Immediate Action, Launch Long Term Plans to Feed Hurricane-Stricken Areas

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) today announced a number of immediate actions as well as long-term plans for ensuring Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey have access to food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

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Secretary Perdue Announces New Leadership for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today named three individuals to take on leadership roles within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS). Brandon Lipps will serve as the Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service, and also as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of FNCS until the Senate confirms a permanent presidential-nominated appointee.  In addition, Maggie Lyons will serve as Chief of Staff and senior advisor to the Under Secretary, while Kailee Tkacz will serve as policy advisor. 

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USDA Announces Summer EBT Grants; Includes New States, Rural Communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the award of $31.5 million in Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (Summer EBT) Grants to explore ways to alleviate hunger among low-income children during the summer, including new projects in Texas and Tennessee. Rigorous evaluations of continuing projects have found that Summer EBT can significantly reduce very low food security among children, the most severe form of food insecurity, by one-third.

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Ag Secretary Perdue Moves to Make School Meals Great Again

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide greater flexibility in nutrition requirements for school meal programs in order to make food choices both healthful and appealing to students.  Perdue made the announcement during a visit to Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia to mark School Nutrition Employee Week.  Perdue signed a proclamation which begins the process of restoring local control of guidelines on whole grains, sodium, and milk.  Perdue was joined by Sen. Pat Roberts (KS), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Patricia Montague, CEO of the School Nutrition Association.

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USDA Study Finds Improved Feeding Practices Among Infants Participating in WIC

Breastfeeding rates increased sharply over the past 20 years among women participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, based on the findings of a new USDA study.

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