Updates

USDA Awards $31 Million in Grants to Help SNAP Participants Afford Healthy Foods

Last week, USDA announced $31.5 million in funding to local, state, and national organizations to support programs that help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increase their purchase of fruits and vegetables. Descriptions of the funded projects may be found here.

More Children Benefiting from Better Nutrition Standards
School breakfast is getting healthier and a new report states that an average of 11.2 million low-income children ate a healthy morning meal each day at school during the 2013-2014 school year. Access the report here.

‘Buying Local’ Guide Available for Schools
USDA has a guide for managers of school cafeterias to use when determining whether and how to ‘buy local’.  The resource helps the user to decide which procurement method to use when buying local and offers tips for how to source local items.

New Online Interactive Database: Data, Trends, and Maps
CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) recently announced the launch of its new online database. The interactive tool provides nutrition, physical activity, obesity, and breastfeeding data from a variety of sources.

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