USDA In Case You Missed It – #USDAResults: Growing a Healthier Future

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Fall peppers and chili at Bloomingdale Farmers Market, a park side street location in Washington, D.C.

March is National Nutrition Month, an excellent time to think about some of the monumental changes our nation’s nutrition programs have undergone under the Obama Administration. To celebrate, this month we launched Chapter III of our yearlong storytelling effort, titled Growing a Healthier Future: Improving Nutrition and Access to Healthy Food for Americans. The chapter, released in two parts, invites you to travel with Secretary Vilsack through seven years of historic progress to our nation’s nutrition safety net.

Part I, issued last week, provides an overview of how changes made under the historic Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, have created a healthier school food environment for over 50 million children and have put our country’s future on more stable footing. Part II of the chapter, released earlier today, addresses how we’ve worked during the past seven years to maximize the ability of our programs to fight hunger and improve health for more children and families.

Since taking office in 2009, the Obama Administration has strengthened the core USDA nutrition programs that support our nation’s vulnerable populations while, at the same time, putting in place strategies that improve the nutritional quality of the foods we provide. Alongside our partners, we’ve developed innovative strategies designed to make our country’s safety net better, smarter and more efficient, while also safeguarding taxpayer dollars in our programs. Our unwavering commitment to science-based food and nutrition policies has lifted millions of Americans out of poverty and has undoubtedly contributed to our country’s national and economic security.

We hope you’ll join us throughout the month on usda.gov, on the USDA blog and by using #USDAResults. You can also catch up on Chapter I and Chapter II by visiting our Medium site at: http://www.usda.gov/medium.

The Week in Pictures

International School Meals Day raises awareness of the importance of food and nutrition in education and offers an opportunity for students to share s

International School Meals Day on March 3 raised awareness of the importance of food and nutrition in education and offered an opportunity for students to share school feeding experiences from across the globe.