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2013-09-03 08:29:02

Whole Foods Market® invites shoppers to join the effort to improve children's nutrition AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This month, Whole Kids Foundation(TM) is launching its annual fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $3 million to provide schools nationwide with salad bars, gardens and nutrition education classes for teachers. "With one-third of the nation's children overweight or obese, and 31.6 million children relying on lunch served through the national school...

2013-08-01 20:20:59

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A government demonstration program to provide school-age children from low-income households with meals and snacks during the summer months showed a 33% decrease in the rate of very low food security among children in the demonstration's second year, according to a new study conducted by Abt Associates in partnership with Mathematica Policy Research. The Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) demonstration, funded by the...

2013-06-20 08:26:21

CHICAGO, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization, is deeply concerned that the farm bill being considered by the House of Representatives this week would increase child hunger. The bill cuts $21 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food relief to low-income individuals, nearly half of whom are children. Proposed cuts would remove two million individuals from the SNAP...

2013-06-18 20:22:47

CHICAGO, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization, today warned that pending cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) will put many of our nation's seniors at risk of hunger. The farm bill passed by the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee in May cuts $21 billion from SNAP. These cuts, if enacted, would cause two million individuals to lose their food assistance...

2012-10-11 07:25:33

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Parents and chefs often reach for ranch dressing or dips to help kids eat more vegetables. Now the makers of Hidden Valley(®) Original Ranch(® )dressings & dips are reaching out to parents and chefs across the country to join them as partners in supporting efforts to encourage healthy eating, including increased vegetable consumption, for kids and families through the Lunch Break for Kids fundraiser. Joining as the official...

2012-07-23 23:02:46

Dorsey's Locker, a family-owned soul food restaurant in Oakland, CA, is pleased to announce their leadership in Alameda County's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serving the area's elderly in need. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) July 23, 2012 Dorsey's Locker, a family-owned Oakland soul food restaurant, is pleased to announce a new addition to their 70-year legacy of service in the community. This year, the eatery has been selected to serve as the pilot restaurant in Alameda County's...

2012-06-15 06:24:25

Farmers Market Nutrition Program Provides $20 in Vouchers for Fresh Produce LANCASTER, Pa., June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Low-income older adults and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program participants can now use vouchers to purchase fresh, local produce at farmers markets and farm stands across Pennsylvania. Agriculture Secretary George Greig, Aging Secretary Brian Duke and Health Secretary Dr. Eli Avila today joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary of...

2012-05-09 10:24:15

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Carol Olander, former Director of SNAP Research and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service and former White House spokesman Robert Weiner were moved to action after recent attacks on the SNAP program by House Budget Chair Paul Ryan and presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. The piece, published in the Michigan Chronicle today, named "best black paper in the country" six times in the...

2012-03-15 22:14:16

Policy change could potentially increase SNAP sales at farmers' markets, according to new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Record numbers of Americans are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, as food stamps are now known, and many SNAP participants live in neighborhoods with little or no access to healthy food. A study conducted at the Clark Park Farmers' Market, in Philadelphia, PA, has found that making it easier for vendors...

2012-03-05 09:05:00

WOODBURY, N.Y., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The got breakfast? Foundation recently completed its 2012 survey of food service directors to assess current trends in School Breakfast Programs. One key finding: Breakfast sites have expanded beyond the cafeteria to alternate sites with the biggest gains reported in kiosk locations and breakfast in the classroom. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20091006/CG88097LOGO ) "This week is National School Breakfast Week and...