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USDA Announces Grants to Enable More Farmers Markets to Serve Low-Income Families
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon announced the availability of up to $3.3 million in competitive funding to support the ability of farmers markets to accept SNAP benefits as a form of payment. These awards will help expand SNAP participants’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods found at farmers markets, while supporting our nation’s farmers and producers. The Under Secretary also announced that there are now more than 6,200 farmers markets and direct marketing farmers authorized to accept SNAP nationwide – an eightfold increase since the beginning of this administration. Increasing the number of SNAP authorized farmers markets is part of USDA’s ongoing mission to support recipients in making healthy food choices.

RWJF Releases Healthy Eating Grant Announcement
Healthy Eating Research has released its 2015 Call for Proposals (CFP). This CFP is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The award types are Round 9 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program. Approximately $2.75 million will be awarded under this CFP for the two award types.

Schools Are Meeting HHFKA Standards
New USDA data show that 95 percent of schools are meeting the updated meal standards from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; 72 percent of parents favor national meal standards, and 80 percent support healthier snacks. “It would be unwise to roll back healthy meal standards just as they are beginning to work to ensure our kids have access to the balanced, nutritious food doctors recommend,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in this statement.

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