Nutrition & Food Access


Guest Post: Touring Sustainable WA Farms with Representative Newhouse’s Staff and Tilth Producers

October 12, 2015

We’re pleased to share this piece from NSAC member organization Tilth Producers of Washington, written by Ariana Taylor-Stanley. It was originally published on Tilth Producers of Washington’s blog and has been reposted with permission. Congress on the Farm While Congress was on August recess, Tilth Producers hosted Kyle Kunkler, DC Agriculture Staffer for Congressman Dan Newhouse, for […]

Grants Available to Incentivize SNAP Produce Purchases

October 7, 2015

USDA recently announced the availability of $16.8 million through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives Grant program…

New Initiative to Fight Rural Child Poverty

September 28, 2015

As a follow-up to recent announcements by the White House on efforts to combat rural child poverty, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week announced the selection of ten communities for the Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (Rural IMPACT) Demonstration project. […]

Child Nutrition Act Markup Postponed – Time for Renewed Action!

September 15, 2015

The highly anticipated Senate markup for the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) that was scheduled for Thursday, September 17th, has been postponed. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), announced the postponement yesterday, September 14, 2015, noting in a statement that he is “continuing negotiations with ranking member [Debbie] Stabenow [D-MI] to get a bipartisan, […]

New Report Highlights Successes of Farm to School Grantmaking

September 14, 2015

On Friday, September 11, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a new report on the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, highlighting the successes of the program over its three year history. Authored by the USDA Farm to School Team, with assistance from PEER Associates and the Center for Rural Studies […]

Congress Returns to Full Plate and Looming Deadlines

September 9, 2015

Congress returned to Washington, D.C. this week to face a full fall agenda after more than one month away. The docket for the next three months includes: A long-term bill to fund infrastructure repairs and updates on bridges, highways, and transit; An extension of funding authority for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); An extension of […]

National School Food Survey Reveals Strong Support for Farm to School

August 18, 2015

A new national survey that was released Tuesday, August 18, commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), shows strong support for the current U.S. school nutrition standards as well as farm to school. The 2015 School Food Poll was a follow up to a similar survey administered by WKKF in 2010 to find out if American […]

Congress Leaves for Summer Recess with Big Plate Pending for Fall

July 31, 2015

Members of Congress are heading out of town this week and next for their month-long August recess, and have left many loose ends, with more to follow when they return after Labor Day. The House began their recess mid-week, while the Senate may continue their work into early next week before leaving for recess. There […]

House Committee Passes USDA-FDA Funding Bill, Rejects Reform Amendments

July 8, 2015

On Wednesday, July 8, the House Appropriations Committee passed the 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which funds most of the programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). You can visit our previous post for a full breakdown of the bill as it stood before debate by the full […]

DC School Demonstrates Farm to School Success With the Help of Farm to School Grant

July 7, 2015

For many schools with summer sessions, June means farm to school activities running in high gear. At Walker Jones Education Campus in the nation’s capital, summer brings students outside and onto the farm (“K Street Farm”) for lessons in agriculture, food, and nutrition while allowing them to enjoy an abundance of local food through its […]

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