Category Archives: Legislation

SNAP/Food Stamp Program Imperative To Alleviating U.S. Hunger

Great information from our friends at FRAC, the Food Research and Action Center: USDA researchers, using Current Population Survey data to examine SNAP’s effect on poverty from 2000 to 2009, found that the prevalence of poverty declined an average of … Continue reading

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Long Lines For Free School Meals, Thanks to The Economy

The number of students receiving free or reduced-price school lunches rose to 21 million last school year, up from 18 million in 2006-07. That number represents a 17 percent increase, according to an analysis by The New York Times of … Continue reading

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Watchdog: USDA To Audit School Food Service Companies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s watchdog arm plans to look closely at whether the food-service-management companies running many school cafeterias are passing along all the discounts and rebates they receive from their suppliers to the districts that hire them. Education … Continue reading

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“Let’s Get To Work” – NOT

  Florida Govenor Rick Scott WHY IS THIS MAN SMILING? TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Pink slips are going out to more than 1,600 state workers in the next two days (by Friday), a grim reminder of the human toll of the … Continue reading

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Good Nutrition News For Florida Kids!

This just in, and finally there’s a bit of good news on the child nutrition front: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  June 23, 2011 Tallahassee, FL – Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam issued the following statement today in response to Governor Rick Scott … Continue reading

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Ex-Legislator Dick Batchelor Speaks Out Against Cuts In Services

Dick Batchelor, a respected former Legislator and Florida Impact Board Member speaks out at a recent rally for Floridians who are at risk of losing what little support they now have, thanks to a heartless Florida Legislature more worried about … Continue reading

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FRAC’S Grassroots Tool Kit – Take Action

(via FRAC) The Food Research and Action Center is providing several tools to enable individuals and organizations to share their views with the USDA on what children need in school nutrition. Links to their resource material are listed below. NOTE … Continue reading

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Florida Impact Rallies Support for “Healthy Schools for Healthy Lives” Act

Florida Impact, the state’s leading legislative public policy advocacy organization, has made passage of the Healthy Schools for Healthy Lives Act their highest legislative priority in this year’s legislative session. The Act transfers Florida’s school and summer nutrition programs from … Continue reading

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USDA Pilot Program For School Universal Meal Service

The USDA has announced a pilot program for a Universal Meal Service option to boost school meal participation in high-poverty areas. Ten states were selected as finalists to participate in an innovative universal free meal service option designed to make … Continue reading

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USDA Funds More Fresh Fruits And Veggies For School Kids

Via Reuters – State agencies will get more federal funding to provide fresh fruits and vegetables at schools, the U. S. Department of Agriculture announced on Wednesday. The $48 million increase in funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program represents … Continue reading

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