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Families in WIC Nutrition Program to Get More Fresh Fruits, Veggies

Families enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program will be able to get more fresh fruits and vegetables beginning next month, thanks to changes in the program’s “food packages,” which are outlined in a recently published USDA final rule. Under the revisions, the cash value of the fruit and vegetable vouchers for… Continue Reading

School Lunch ‘Shrinkage’ Aside, USDA Food and Nutrition Spending Will Grow in 2015

At least 1.6 million students who previously paid for their own lunches at National School Lunch Program cafeterias have dropped out because they don’t like the new menus or the associated price increases, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a new report. In that report, GAO documents some significant shrinkage in the school… Continue Reading

Nutrition a Pressing Concern for American Indians, Part II

Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a three-part series on health issues linked to nutritional problems in American Indian communities and what is being done to combat them. The first installment is available here.  Tribal communities nationwide are working to fight the trend toward obesity and its resulting health consequences. Nutritionists such as… Continue Reading

Nutrition Assistance Programs Receive Government Boost

At a time when more and more people are relying on nutrition assistance programs, the government is signaling its commitment to improving these initiatives.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Friday awarded $2.2 million in grants that will help it evaluate and enhance its food assistance programs.  The money was divided between 10 research projects in… Continue Reading