Farmers’ markets have not traditionally been a go-to source of food for those enrolled in nutrition assistance programs. But with a new grant to help states bring wireless technology to these venues, the Obama administration hopes to make it possible for more farmers to redeem food vouchers from customers.

  

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The $4 million in funding …

This week Congress begins hearings on the 2012 farm bill, the massive piece of legislation that gets updated about every five years and undergirds America’s entire food supply, but that few mortals can even understand. As nutrition professor Marion Nestle recently lamented, “no one has any idea what the farm bill is about. It’s …

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 …

As hunger continues to be an increasing problem nationwide, some college campuses are opening food banks to help the growing number of students in need.

“Food Pantries on college campuses are unique because they seek an underserved population of students that many people may not be aware is struggling,” said Laura Pick, a graduate …

This week, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new  resources meant to foster increased participation and expanded access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

snap.jpgNew promotional materials entitled “We Welcome SNAP Benefits” will be displayed in participating retailers nationwide.  The program was formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.

“Underscoring …