Nutrition & Food Access


Congress Extends 2014 Funding Levels through December 11

September 19, 2014

On Thursday, September 18, the Senate passed a short-term funding extension, known as a “continuing resolution” (CR), to fund the federal government through December 11.  The CR extends fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding levels as well as policy provisions known as appropriations “riders.”  The House passed this temporary funding measure earlier this week, and the […]

Senate Hearing on School Meals Highlights Challenges and Opportunities

July 25, 2014

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing entitled, “Meeting the Challenges of Feeding America’s School Children,” which examined the challenges and successes in serving healthier school meals across the country, as mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, also known as the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act […]

New School Lunch Pilot for Locally-Grown Produce Accepting Applications from States

July 22, 2014

Yesterday, July 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a Request for Applications from states interested in participating in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Kevin Concannon, the USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, announced […]

Whither the 2015 Agriculture Funding Process?

June 20, 2014

On Thursday, June 19, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) postponed consideration of the Senate’s three-part spending package for Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development for fiscal year 2015.  The Senate began consideration of the FY 2015 appropriations package on Tuesday, and was scheduled to begin to voting on amendments on Thursday.  However, Majority […]

New Farm to School Census Shows Steady Growth

June 10, 2014

The updated Farm to School Census website reveals even more school district participation in farm to school programs than initially reported.

Low Income Families and Produce Farmers Get a Boost Through Increased WIC Voucher Value

June 3, 2014

Yesterday, June 2, 2014, WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) cash value vouchers (CVVs) for fruits and vegetables for children increased from $6 per month to $8 per month.  This increase, one of several changes announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on March 4, 2014 in its final rule […]

Funding Available for Healthy Food Access Projects

May 29, 2014

On Friday, May 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for Community Development Corporations (CDCs) under the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). HFFI is a tri-agency program administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, HHS, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase […]

Iowan Food Business Takes Root With USDA Loan Guarantee

April 25, 2014

This post is the second in a two-part series highlighting participants in the USDA Business and Industry Loan Guarantee (B&I) Program’s Local and Regional Food Enterprise Initiative, a provision of the 2008 Farm Bill championed by NSAC and reaffirmed by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill.  The first post looked at financing for a North […]

Funding for Kitchen Equipment Will Help Schools Serve Healthy, Local Food

April 24, 2014

To prepare healthy meals with local produce for hundreds or perhaps thousands of students per day, it helps to have the right tools.

Loan Guarantee Helps Rural Coop, Foodways Thrive

April 23, 2014

Small food and farm businesses in rural areas foster vibrant economies, but difficulty in accessing loans can be a major barrier to these businesses’ success and broader impact, especially for a newly evolving market like the local and regional food business.

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