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MARCH 2013 E-UPDATES
 
National League of Cities "CHAMPions" the Summer Food Service Program
 

New York City mobile vending program
The New York City Mobile Vending Program deploys two food trucks to go to places where
families and children normally gather to provide free summer meals. New York City partnered
with Share Our Strength and the Walmart Foundation. 

   

March 11, 2013 - By Tony Craddock, Jr., Food and Nutrition Service
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is one of the most underutilized federal programs despite the fact that it was created to feed hungry children during summer. Of the children who are eligible for SFSP (by way of receiving free or reduced-price school meals), only about 10% of those children participate in SFSP. Such perplexing statistics have signaled a call for innovative ideas for facilitating increased access to SFSP. The National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) have answered this call by launching the second phase of Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool Meal Program (CHAMP). This work was also made possible by a $1.5 million grants from the Walmart Foundation.

The first phase of CHAMP featured 11 out-of-school time program providers who partnered with city governments to maximize the utilization of federal funding for afterschool and summer feeding. In Omaha, Nebraska, this effort amounted to a whopping 137,000 meals served in six months.

The second phase of CHAMP begins with two regional leadership academies in late May and early June, which are each open to 10 city teams (20 city teams in total). The city teams will feature one city official and two key stakeholders who will be provided with strategies to link the afterschool and summer feeding programs to create  year-round out-of-school meals in their respective cities. At the leadership academies, national experts with experience in afterschool and summer feeding programs will share their wisdom and best practices with the city teams. And just in case you're thinking about finances, travel costs for city teams will be covered by project funds.  The request for proposals to participate in one of the leadership academies is available here.  Applications are due no later than March 25, 2013.   

Following the leadership academies, up to 15 of the 20 cities that attended will have a chance to receive between $30,000 to $60,000 for technical assistance and training to develop and improve their afterschool and summer meal programs for 12 months. Opportunities such as this show that cities are serious about ending childhood hunger, and most importantly, interested in doing it in a collaborative way where ideas are shared openly. If you are interested in being one of the cities to benefit from this idea, click here for more information. Again, applications are due no later than March 25, 2013. Help make your city a trailblazer in ending childhood hunger.  
 

 
 
MARCH 2012 E-UPDATES
Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth School Pilot Program: Training Teachers Coast to Coast



Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth Training Video on Their YouTube Channel


March 28, 2012 -- By Duke Storen, Director FNS Office of Strategic Initiatives, Partnerships, and Outreach

A classroom floor becomes a garden as 2nd graders at Hiawatha Elementary in Webster, Iowa decide which of their favorite fruits and vegetables will be planted in their school garden. Gathered in anticipation around a rectangle that represents the actual size of the garden bed, their teacher skillfully guides the planning, helping them consider which plants will thrive in Iowa’s climate, which plants require more or less sun, and which plants will be compatible neighbors. Along the way, the teacher introduces math concepts – deftly integrating her classroom lessons into a real world experience. Soon the students will be planting this garden for real - just as they have planned it - as will 4,000 other youth in 57 schools in Iowa, Arkansas, New York and Washington participating in Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth (HGHY), a project of the People’s Garden School Pilot Project.

 

This snapshot is from of a series of training videos that help teachers deliver lessons in planting, maintaining and harvesting gardens; learning about eating fruits and vegetables; and other aspects about working together to use natural resources to grow food. All lessons, selected after a national search to find the best nutrition and gardening curricula for grades 2 and 4, are aligned with STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering and math) and based on the 4-H Youth Development model of Do – Reflect – Apply.

4-H Youth Development Model
4-H Youth Development Model


These videos, along with pre-recorded webinars and other downloadable resources, comprise a comprehensive toolkit designed to train educators in implementing HGHY’s educational components. Developed by the project’s national Content and Delivery Team, the toolkit makes efficient use of technology by providing clear and consistent on-line training for educators from coast to coast. All webinars and toolkit elements are available on the project’s website for easy access (peoplesgarden.wsu.edu). Currently, materials on the website are protected for project use, but you can view a sample of training webinar at breeze.wsu.edu/pg_gr2_un2. You can also watch this teacher in action, along with other training videos, on the YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/ExtSchoolGarden.

Follow the progress of Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth on-line:
• Project website: peoplesgarden.wsu.edu
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/HealthyGardensHealthyYouth
• YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/ExtSchoolGarden

Leadership for Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth is provided by Washington State University Extension, in collaboration with the Cooperative Extensions of Cornell University, Iowa State University and University of Arkansas. The project director, Brad Gaolach, Ph.D. can be reached at gaolach@wsu.edu.
 

 
El Servicio de Alimentos y Nutrición Presentó Su Primer Webinar de SNAP en Español (Esta Historia Es Nuestro Primer E-Update en Español También)
 

SNAP Latina shopper


21 de Marzo, 2012 -- Por Lisa Pino, Administradora Deputada de SNAP

La misión del Servicio de Alimentos y Nutrición del USDA (FNS) es proveer asistencia nutricional a todos los niños, familias y personas de bajos recursos que la necesiten para ayudarlos a estabilizarse económicamente. Para poder lograr este objetivo, nosotros trabajamos en conjunto con una red de asociados quienes nos ayudan a combatir el hambre. Especialmente, esperamos incrementar el acceso a la asistencia nutricional en la comunidad hispana mejorando la participación en el Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program o SNAP (antes conocido como Cupones de Alimentos), el programa más grande que tenemos para combatir el hambre.
 

SNAP Webinar in Spanish
Mira el Webinar de SNAP en español
por oprimir aquí.
 


En diciembre, más de 120 organizaciones asociadas de habla hispana se unieron a FNS para participar en su primer webinar en español acerca de los requisitos para ser elegibles en SNAP. Colaborando en el USDA estaba la Oficina de Organizaciones Religiosas y Comunitarias, juntos condujimos el webinar para informar a los líderes comunitarios bilingües sobre la política de SNAP y compartir información acerca del trabajo que estamos llevando a cabo así como también los recursos y las herramientas que tenemos para conducir programas de alcance en la comunidad latina y contestar una serie de preguntas y preocupaciones acerca de la Elegibilidad de los emigrantes en SNAP.
 


El dialogo ilustró nuestro compromiso de asegurarnos el acceso al programa para todas las personas elegibles, sin importar su lugar de origen, raza o etnicidad. El año pasado, el USDA dio un paso histórico cuando: anunciamos el plan de La Mesa Completa, el cual es el resultado de la directiva del Secretario de Agricultura Tom Vilsack de desarrollar un plan de alcance comprensivo de los programas de FNS dirigido a la población latina; lanzamos MiPlato, la versión bilingüe del nuevo icono de alimentos MyPlate; promulgamos nuevas políticas sobre los requisitos de emigración relativos a SNAP, por la primera vez en más de una década; y lanzamos el nuevo Localizador de Tiendas de SNAP en español.

El acceso al programa continúa siendo una prioridad porque aunque 46 millones de personas al mes reciben la asistencia de SNAP, millones de personas elegibles no participan: latinos, emigrantes, adultos mayores, veteranos, y trabajadores de bajos recursos. En el 2007, únicamente 56% de los latinos elegibles recibieron SNAP e inclusive con 6.6 millones de latinos participantes en el programa en el 2010 todavía la participación fue baja.

La misión de FNS es proveer a todos los niños, familias y personas de bajos recursos elegibles la asistencia nutricional que necesitan. Todos los días, trabajamos con un sin número de organizaciones asociadas nacionales, estatales y locales para asegurarnos que nuestros programas continúen haciendo la diferencia para millones de personas que están viviendo con hambre alrededor de la nación. Y ellos merecen ser ayudados.

Para oír la grabación del webinar en español del USDA, oprima aquí. Para aprender más acerca de cómo colaborar visite nuestra página web o contáctenos en getinvolved@fns.usda.gov.

 
Voices in Poverty - A VISTA Story of Service
 

Shoshona Smith - VISTA Volunteer
Shoshona Smith provides a ready
ear for the voiceless

 

March 8, 2012 -- By Shoshona Smith, Americorps VISTA - Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative

Working at the Preble Street Resource Center, a day shelter, soup kitchen, and food pantry for homeless and low-income community members, my position as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps has opened my eyes to the social isolation and invisibility that often accompanies poverty. “People go out of their way to walk or drive around Preble Street, so they don’t have to think about or deal with us,” a client explains matter-of-factly.
 
 

Through the Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative, I work with over 50 emergency food providers throughout Cumberland County. I frequently visit food pantries with new resources and opportunities for both providers and clients. Some of the most fulfilling moments of my work are those times when I am able to offer a forum for sharing. For many having a voice is empowering. Too often low-income community members don’t get heard.
 

With this in mind, the Maine Hunger Initiative team has administered over 700 surveys to food pantry clients. In these surveys clients described their experience feeding their families with limited food resources and their needs that go unfulfilled (a common concern was not having access to diabetic food). The majority of those surveyed (83%) of people worry about running out of food before they have money again to buy food, whereas 30% reported this as a constant worry.

I have been able to provide clients with the opportunity to share their stories in other venues as well: through a radio show which does yearly promotion for a ‘Stuff the Bus’ food drive to benefit Preble Street, for a senior hunger PSA, which we are currently in the process of producing.

Cumberland County, Maine map

I have been a witness to organized forums for clients to speak with the city’s mayor, town manager, and state representatives about their concerns and needs that often remain unmet.

At Preble Street, I witness staff working everyday to offer what society often does not; unconditional positive regard and a ready ear.  Every opportunity for clients to share their stories and to be seen and heard is an opportunity to build happier and more confident individuals, stronger relationships, and more adept solutions to individual situations and poverty as a whole. 

   
 
MARCH 2011 E-UPDATES

 
Every Little Bottom...Needs a Clean Diaper


Happy Baby in diapersMarch 31, 2011 -- Half of all babies in the United States are born to mothers who participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, commonly referred to as WIC, which is run by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).  While FNS programs like WIC are aimed at alleviating hunger, improving health, and encouraging self-sufficiency, they do not provide benefits for other essential needs, such as purchasing diapers.


Infants need between 6 and 10 diapers a day at a cost of approximately $75 per month. According to a recent study conducted by Huggies, 1 in 3 American families struggle to provide enough diapers for their children.  Reusable cloth diapers are an alternative, but the majority of licensed day care centers do not accept them and require parents and caregivers to provide an adequate supply of disposable diapers. 

Luckily, diaper banks have been cropping up all over the country to meet this need.  Diaper banks collect diaper donations and distribute them to families in need, operating in a fashion similar to food banks.  With the help of national and local non-profits and retail partners, Huggies is supporting the work of diaper banks across the country through their initiative called Every Little Bottom.Feeding America Food Bank Locator

If there is not a diaper bank in your area, your local food bank always accepts donations of diapers.  To find a food bank near you, where you can donate diapers, click here. 
 


Let's Move Serves Up 10 & Under Tennis


March 29, 2011 -- The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is changing the rules in tennis.   USTA is now promoting kid-friendly tennis balls, rackets, and court sizes as one new way of promoting physical activity for children. These new regulations are in collaboration with first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, a national initiative to combat childhood obesity supported by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services.
 
Let's Move Tennis Balls

The 10 & Under tennis program consists of tennis balls lower in compression, so they bounce lower and are easier to hit, tennis rackets sized for smaller hands, and smaller court sizes or full-sized courts reconfigured to allow more children to participate. Children can play either by hitting balls off a wall or playing with one or multiple friends.  With these changes, tennis classes can be taught to a group of children simultaneously.  The benefits of tennis are that it is a great sport to practice hand-eye coordination and most importantly it can keep children having fun and staying active. 

For more information on Let’s Move, please visit www.letsmove.gov.
 

Grocers Partner with Area Agency on Aging to Help Seniors


March 25, 2011 --
The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is determined to improve the nutrition of low income seniors in Ohio. "We want to allow our seniors to put more nutritious food in their grocery carts and on their tables,” says Teresa Cook, Community Services Manager Ohio District 5 AAA, on their outreach partnership with grocers in Richland County, Ohio.
SNAP grocery cart
Ohio District 5 AAA’s trained outreach volunteers are stationed at rural grocery stores in the County to discuss with potential applicants the benefits of SNAP, conduct confidential pre-screening for eligibility, and assist with completing applications for benefits. “We have many seniors who are eligible for benefits who aren’t receiving them,” explains Cook.

Click here to read more.

The AAA’s approach to outreach has been successful in getting more seniors to apply for SNAP. One of the reasons that the AAA’s partnership has been effective is because seniors regularly visit their local grocery stores and feel comfortable there. For these reasons, it is also more likely seniors will try new foods and consider new ways of preparing what they purchase. To that end, the grocers also provide space to accommodate nutritious cooking demonstrations. The demonstrations are conducted by chefs from local assisted living facilities who volunteer their time to this worthy cause.

Many potential applicants are familiar only with the minimum monthly benefit for SNAP. The myth that ‘you won’t get much for your effort’ is still too prevalent. To debunk the myth, Cook says, "I went shopping to see what $16 would buy, and I got bread, bananas, fresh carrots, cheese, tuna, eggs, potatoes, fresh green beans, and ice cream!”

Ohio grocery store AAA partnersBy all accounts, the AAA’s efforts have been appreciated. As one outreach worker said, “An 80-year-old senior, slight in stature, started to cry when the pre-screening tool told us she would probably be eligible for SNAP. She is struggling to pay medical bills so she had been cutting back on groceries. Thanks to SNAP, she will be able to buy more groceries. She held my hand and thanked me. I hugged her and said, ‘This is why we are here.' There isn’t a better feeling than that!”



AAA Ohio grocery store partners (left to right): Carla Tash and Sue Feeney of Cornell's IGA;
Pat Hayes and Bernard Hollar of Stoodt's Market; Jerry Hitchman of Hitchman's Market
 


Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps Begins with 48 VISTA Members

New Anti-Hunger VISTA members sworn in

March 24, 2011 -- by Joshua Ankerberg, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Last month, 48 individuals from a variety of backgrounds and States took the same oath of office as the President of the United States, thus officially becoming AmeriCorps VISTA members dedicated to fight hunger in the newly established Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC). Their job is to increase participation in SNAP. The group consists of 46 AmeriCorps VISTA members, plus two VISTA Leaders, who are spread out among 29 sites in 18 states.

Click here to read more.
"Stop Thinking About Poverty" - Old VISTA poster
VISTA stands for Volunteers In Service To America and was created in 1965 as the domestic sister program to the Peace Corps. VISTA members serve full-time, one-year terms in public and non-profit organizations to fight poverty. Thanks to a partnership between the USDA, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH), with additional funding from the Walmart Foundation, the VISTA AHOC members will increase SNAP participation by:

1. Assembling community leaders and members to identify the barriers to participation in SNAP and other USDA nutrition programs.
2. Recruiting, training, and managing volunteers for benefits access at community organizations.
3. Raising funds to assist community organizations improve their benefits access programs and outreach activities.
4. Increasing access to nutritious food options through outreach for community gardens, nutrition education, and utilization of SNAP at farmers markets.

In the weeks since taking the pledge at Pre-Service Orientation in Philadelphia, the VISTAs have recruited dozens of volunteers, expanded benefits access at tax preparation sites, and created maps with healthy food sources, such as farmers markets that welcome SNAP. In the months ahead, the members will work to implement EBT terminals at farmers markets and increase the number of Summer Meals sites. At the end of March, the NYCCAH VISTA members and the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks’ AmeriCorps and VISTA members will hold a conference in Columbus, Ohio, about utilizing national service to reduce hunger.

You can also read the VISTA project’s blog here: http://antihungercorps.posterous.com/
 



 
Fuel Up to Play 60 Helps Schools Meet New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Girl doing handstandFuel Up to Play 60 logo
March 22, 2011 -- The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans are out, and Fuel Up to Play 60 can help schools meet them.

Here at USDA, we’re pleased to collaborate with our partner Fuel Up to Play 60, which fully supports the updated Guidelines.  Meeting the Guidelines is easy when you "Fuel Up to Play 60."  The program emphasizes eating nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) along with at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

With March as National Nutrition Month, it’s time to help your local school get energized about the new Guidelines – and Fuel Up to Play 60 has the resources to help.

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The new Guidelines recommend eating a nutrient-dense breakfast.  Fuel Up to Play 60's "Bring on Breakfast" Plays can help schools increase student participation in school breakfast through traditional and alternative breakfast options.       

Boy running with football

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The new Guidelines recommend balancing healthy eating with physical activity.  More than 20 Fuel Up to Play 60’s Physical Activity Plays are available to get students moving.

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Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provides up to $3,000 to help schools implement sustainable changes. The next application deadline is June 15.  So hurry up and apply!
 

Agricultural Outlook Forum 2011 Recap
 

March 18, 2011 -- by Celeste Perkins, FNS Events Coordinator
What a great opportunity to be one of 15 USDA agencies exhibiting at the annual Agricultural Outlook Forum held February 24-25, 2011 in Arlington, VA.  The Forum rocked with top agency executives, stakeholders, and industry representatives, including keynote speakers Secretary Tom Vilsack and former President Bill Clinton.  During Clinton's speech, a key topic that resonated with me concerned what agriculture will look like 20 years from now.  Clinton expounded on the farming projects the Clinton Foundation has going on in small farming villages in countries like Tanzania and Malawi. He stated that the focal points of the international farming projects is to build good will, reduce instability and inequality, and not threaten the future of American agriculture. For more information on Clinton’s speech click here. 

Outreach Coordinator Celeste Perkins at the FNS events booth

Arteries: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
FNS Events Coordinator Celeste Perkins
at her booth showing what healthy and
unhealthy arteries look like to visitors. 

 

Click here to read more.

Our very own Administrator, Julie Paradis with all of her energy and enthusiasm moderated a lively discussion titled, “The Role of Nutrition Programs in Agriculture: From Tractor to Table.”  FNS distributed attractive buttons with "From Tractor to Table" printed on them at the FNS exhibit booth.  The breakout session explored the expanded role of FNS among families and the marketplace as a result of increased consumer participation in nutrition assistance programs.  For instance, SNAP participation for the first time now exceeds 44 million.  In addition, half of the babies born in the United States get WIC help.  These are just a few examples of the impact that the Food and Nutrition Service has on our nation.  For more information about these interesting and informative discussions at the Ag Forum, please visit www.usda.gov/oce/forum.

 

41 States Are Making It Easier to Be SNAP Eligible


TANF helps more families be eligible for SNAPMarch 15, 2011 -- 41 states are helping more families become eligible for SNAP benefits by enacting  "categorical eligibility."  A household is "categorically eligible" when they enroll in one social service program and then automatically qualify for another program like SNAP.

Broad Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) refers to the policy that makes most, if not all, households categorically eligible for SNAP because they receive a non-cash TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funded benefit or service.  The TANF-funded benefit or service can be as simple as the person receiving a TANF informational pamphlet or 800-number.  Yes, it's that simple.  Sometimes just having a TANF-funded phone number on the SNAP application makes people categorically eligible for SNAP through TANF. TANF helps more families be eligible for SNAP

Why is this important?  Being categorically eligible for SNAP through TANF helps more people qualify for SNAP.  Because in most states that allow BBCE there is a higher gross income limit to be eligible for SNAP and/or there is no asset limit to be eligible.
 
It is also important for FNS partners who
conduct SNAP prescreening and application assistance to understand BBCE because clients who might not be eligible under normal SNAP rules may in fact be eligible under BBCE.  The BBCE chart identifies, by state, the TANF-funded benefit or service used to confer BBCE and the associated asset and gross income limits.  Note that in most cases, this means clients will be required to apply for SNAP benefits at their local office.  However, this does not preclude partner organizations from providing assistance prior to the office visit.

For more information on SNAP program rules, please visit: /snap/government/Policy.htm.  To learn more about SNAP outreach efforts nationwide, visit: /snap/outreach/default.htm.
 

Fuel Up to Play 60 Video with Tony Romo


March 14, 2011 -- Check out this video from our partners at Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program.  Fuel Up to Play 60, which is currently being used in more than 71,0000 schools, encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day.  In this video, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo demonstrates how to "flap his arms" and "make engine noises." 
 


 

Stimulate Your Local Economy, Increase SNAP Participation
 

March 11, 2011 -- Let's get right to the point.  Every $5 in new SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) benefits generates $9 in total economic activity (USDA). When measured by each dollar's impact, SNAP
is one of the best forms of stimulus for local economies and because the majority of SNAP benefits are spent the month they are issued, SNAP acts as an immediate boost.  Increasing SNAP participation among eligible families should be a top priority for states looking to increase local economic growth.

Economic Benefits of SNAP - Interactive Map


Click on the Economic Benefits of SNAP map for specific information on what an increase in SNAP participation would do for your state's economy.


In fiscal year 2008, the average monthly SNAP benefit per household was approximately $227. These SNAP dollars help stimulate local economies because they are spent at local grocery stores, convenience stores, and farmers markets.  Moreover, studies have shown that a $1 increase in the value of SNAP benefits of a typical SNAP recipient leads to additional food expenditures of between $0.17 and $0.47.  These numbers show that SNAP recipients spend more dollars on food at local retailers than eligible non-participants.  Money spent at local food retailers and farmers markets helps maintain and create jobs across sectors including the agricultural sector.  On average, $1 billion of retail food demand by SNAP recipients generates 3,000 farm jobs (USDA).

The positive benefits to local economies from increasing SNAP benefits is evident.  Still, what should not be lost among all these figures is the fact that SNAP helps families through tough economic times.  Children, who represent 50% of SNAP participants, do not have to go to bed hungry.  Parents can use SNAP benefits on the road back to self-sufficiency since half of all new SNAP participants will leave the program within nine months (USDA).

Check out how increasing SNAP participation can help your specific state by viewing the SNAP Economic Benefits interactive map.
 


 
What Do You Know About Global Hunger and Early Childhood Under Nutrition?
 

Yibo Wood (second from right) visits Ghanaian children as they eat a hot meal prepared from locally grown foods.

 

 

 

 

 

Yibo Wood (second from right) visits Ghanaian children as they eat a hot meal prepared from locally grown foods.  The Ghana School Feeding Program hopes to reduce hunger and malnutrition among school children, improve school attendance, and increase domestic food production.

March 8, 2011 -- by Yibo Wood, FNS Global Initiative Coordinator/Nutritionist
It is estimated worldwide, that more than one billion people suffer from chronic hunger, many of them live on less than $1.25 a day. Children are the most visible victims of under nutrition as it kills about 3.5 million children annually.

As the world approaches the 2015 deadlines for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, which include a goal of reducing the proportion of hungry people by half, child under nutrition remains stubbornly entrenched in many areas. Stunting (low height for age) affects about one in three children and wasting (low weight for height) affects one in 10 children in the developing world. Here in the United States, we have pretty much eliminated the wasting and stunting situation.
 

Click here to read more.

More than 90 percent of the world’s stunted children live in Africa and Asia. The ingredients of proper early childhood nutrition are well known: a well-nourished and empowered mother who has good nutrition and health before and during her pregnancy; who receives adequate health support and care to ensure a safe delivery for herself and her baby; who breastfeeds exclusively for the first six months; who provides the baby with nutritious complementary foods in adequate quantities and frequency starting at six months of age and who has access to safe water, sanitation, and preventive and curative healthcare. However, millions of people lack these basic ingredients.

A wide range of organizations (including the U.S. government, the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, and civil society organizations) are working together on an initiative called 1,000 Days to address the issue of under nutrition during pregnancy and early childhood. 1,000 days is part of the Scale Up Nutrition program, which allows these organizations to leverage their resources to better fight global hunger.
Check back here on E-Updates regularly for more information on global hunger efforts. 
 


 
A Different Kind of Grocery Shopping Experience


March 2, 2011 -- by Kate Sims, FNS Intern Shopping Cart
Say you have grocery shopping on your list of errands for the day.  You plan how and when you are going to go to the store.  Except you have to spend your last few dollars on the bus to get to the store and it takes two buses to get there.  The store is only open at certain times and only open certain days of the week and not on the weekends.

Now picture how you usually arrive at the store, as you get your cart and explore each aisle. Well, imagine you actually have to sign-in at the front of the store and you have to show an ID, proof of income, and proof of how many children you have.  Then you have to wait in a line with a number before even being able to see the food.

Click here to read more.

Say you also make a grocery list before going shopping.  You think of the meals you will want for the next week and which ingredients you will need.  Except in your new shopping situation, once your number is finally called, you only have two options for a protein or two options for bread, but either one might be completely out because you got there too late.

These barriers described are very real for many Americans relying on assistance from food pantries.  This is just one example of what it is like to experience food insecurity.  Food insecurity is defined as the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.  Food insecurity exists in 17.4 million households in America, 4.2 million of them with children.  For more information, view the full USDA report, Household Food Security in the United States, 2009.

 

 

Last modified: 03/11/2013