USDA Statement on SNAP Access at Farmers Markets

Release #: FNS 0005-18Contact: FNS Communications press@fns.usda.govDate: 07/14/2018WASHINGTON, July 14, 2018 - In response to the recent news about access to farmers markets for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps offers the following statement: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) was recently informed by a major provider of mobile EBT technology for farmers markets and farm stands that it w...


USDA Corrects Error Reporting Issues; Releases FY 2017 SNAP Payment Error Rates

Release #: FNS 0004.18Contact: FNS Office of the Chief Communications Officer (703) 305-2281Date: 06/28/2018 WASHINGTON, June 28, 2018 – For the first time in three years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released new data on improper payments in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This data reflects an improved reporting process that will better enable USDA and its state partners to make informed, data-driven decisions to improve program integrity...


USDA Supports Local Foods in Schools through Farm to School Grants

Release #: FNS 0003.18Contact: FNS Office of the Chief Communications Officer (703) 305-2281Date: 06/21/2018WASHINGTON, June 21, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) today announced $5.2 million in grant awards to bring nutritious, local foods into schools and create new economic opportunities for farmers. The grants, part of the USDA Farm to School Program, will impact over 6,000 schools and 2.8 million students nationwide.  “USDA is c...


USDA Expands Focus on Program Integrity Across All Nutrition Programs

Release #: 0072.18Contact: USDA Press (202) 720-4623 press@oc.usda.govDate: 03/29/2018WASHINGTON, March 29, 2018 – As part of Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s strategic goal of ensuring that our programs are delivered efficiently, effectively and with integrity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced an enhanced focus on program integrity today, that will include renewed attention on transparency, payment accuracy, fraud and waste prev...


USDA Announces More Local Control for School Meal Operations

Release #: 0049.18Contact: USDA Press Email: press@oc.usda.govDate: 03/05/2018WASHINGTON, March 5, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Steve Censky today announced two new efforts to provide states and school districts with additional flexibility and support to operate more efficient school meal programs. Censky made the announcement during a speech at the School Nutrition Association Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Child Nutrition Hirin...


USDA and HHS Announce New Step Toward Added Transparency in Development of 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines

New Step Increases Transparency in Development of Dietary Guidelines Release #: 0044.18Contact: USDA Press (202) 720-4623 press@oc.usda.govDate: 02/26/2018WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a new step in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) development process. For the first time, the departments will seek public comments on the proposed priority topics and supporting sc...


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USDA Statement on SNAP Access at Farmers Markets

Release #: FNS 0005-18Contact: FNS Communications press@fns.usda.govDate: 07/14/2018WASHINGTON, July 14, 2018 - In response to the recent news about access to farmers markets for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps offers the following statement: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) was recently informed by a major provider of mobile EBT technology for farmers markets and farm stands that it w...


USDA Corrects Error Reporting Issues; Releases FY 2017 SNAP Payment Error Rates

Release #: FNS 0004.18Contact: FNS Office of the Chief Communications Officer (703) 305-2281Date: 06/28/2018 WASHINGTON, June 28, 2018 – For the first time in three years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released new data on improper payments in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This data reflects an improved reporting process that will better enable USDA and its state partners to make informed, data-driven decisions to improve program integrity...


USDA Supports Local Foods in Schools through Farm to School Grants

Release #: FNS 0003.18Contact: FNS Office of the Chief Communications Officer (703) 305-2281Date: 06/21/2018WASHINGTON, June 21, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) today announced $5.2 million in grant awards to bring nutritious, local foods into schools and create new economic opportunities for farmers. The grants, part of the USDA Farm to School Program, will impact over 6,000 schools and 2.8 million students nationwide.  “USDA is c...


USDA Expands Focus on Program Integrity Across All Nutrition Programs

Release #: 0072.18Contact: USDA Press (202) 720-4623 press@oc.usda.govDate: 03/29/2018WASHINGTON, March 29, 2018 – As part of Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s strategic goal of ensuring that our programs are delivered efficiently, effectively and with integrity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced an enhanced focus on program integrity today, that will include renewed attention on transparency, payment accuracy, fraud and waste prev...


USDA Announces More Local Control for School Meal Operations

Release #: 0049.18Contact: USDA Press Email: press@oc.usda.govDate: 03/05/2018WASHINGTON, March 5, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Steve Censky today announced two new efforts to provide states and school districts with additional flexibility and support to operate more efficient school meal programs. Censky made the announcement during a speech at the School Nutrition Association Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Child Nutrition Hirin...


USDA and HHS Announce New Step Toward Added Transparency in Development of 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines

New Step Increases Transparency in Development of Dietary Guidelines Release #: 0044.18Contact: USDA Press (202) 720-4623 press@oc.usda.govDate: 02/26/2018WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a new step in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) development process. For the first time, the departments will seek public comments on the proposed priority topics and supporting sc...


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