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School Nutrition STAR Webinar Series

This series will feature school districts that have implemented creative strategies and best practices for common school nutrition topics as well as allied organizations which develop and offer free resources to support school nutrition programs.

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The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), part of the School of Applied Sciences at The University of Mississippi, is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs. The Institute was established by Congress in the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 1989.

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  • The Mix Up Podcast

The Mix Up Podcast – Episode 09 – Dan Giusti

April 6th, 2021|

Join Chef Patrick and Chef Dan Giusti as they discuss Dan’s pathway from restaurant chef to the Child Nutrition field. Hear how Dan has helped reshape Child Nutrition kitchens from a heat-and-serve production model to a more scratch-based approach to preparing delicious food for students.

USDA Increases Emergency SNAP Benefits for 25 million Americans

April 1st, 2021|

Release No.

USDA No. 0064.21

FNS Press Team

Ensures COVID-19 Relief Reaches Those Struggling the Most

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today took action to provide $1 billion per month in additional food assistance to an estimated 25 million people in very low-income households that are participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and struggling to put food on [Read More]

FACT SHEET: Update on USDA Activities to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 31st, 2021|

Release No.

USDA No. 0061.21

FNS Press Team

USDA Has Deployed 749 Disaster, Public Health Specialists to Assist with Federal Response

WASHINGTON, Mar. 31, 2021 — In January 2021, President Biden released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. The plan is driven by science, data, and public health to improve the effectiveness of our nation’s fight against COVID-19 and to restore trust, [Read More]

Passion Overcomes Pandemic Challenges

March 25th, 2021|

By the Western Regional Office
Food and Nutrition Service

Like countless schools across the country, the Live Oak Unified School District, about 50 miles north of Sacramento, had to shift their operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Prior to the pandemic, we were realizing my dream serving meals from scratch,” said Leasa Hill, District Food Services Supervisor. “When the pandemic started, we scrambled, worked harder, longer days, we all shifted duties, locations, environments and made it happen.”

Before the pandemic, [Read More]


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