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The Midwest Regional Office Eases Hunger in the Greater Chicago Area

Angela Jones and Michelle Stewart with part of the donations collected by the Midwest Regional Office for the Feds, Farmers, and Friends Feed Families food drive.

Angela Jones and Michelle Stewart with part of the donations collected by the Midwest Regional Office for the Feds, Farmers, and Friends Feed Families food drive.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Midwest Regional Office collected 4100 pounds of food to support the Feds, Farmers and Friends Feed Families Initiative. We decided to make it fun event and include some of our partners and rename the Food Drive the Yellow Brick Road Food Drive, a spinoff of the Wizard of Oz.  We successfully recruited help and support from the Girl Scouts, CITGO Petroleum and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   With the support of our partners and our managers, the MWRO team was victorious in defeating that “Wicked Witch” of hunger. Read more »

River Terrace Tigers Rise to the Challenge

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan presented the HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Award to River Terrace Elementary School in Washington, D.C. today. The River Terrace Elementary School is the first school in the District of Columbia to achieve Gold award status in the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC).

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan presented the HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Award to River Terrace Elementary School in Washington, D.C. on Friday, October 15, 2010. The River Terrace Elementary School is the first school in the District of Columbia to achieve Gold award status in the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC).

In April of 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama visited a small school located in the Anacostia section of the District of Columbia, and challenged that school to meet the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC). Read more »

USDA Rural Development Financing Will Help Build a Senior Care Center in Rural Minnesota

Agriculture Committee Chairman Congressman Collin Peterson, Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager, Minnesota State Director Colleen Landkamer and others broke ground on a new senior facility last week.

Agriculture Committee Chairman Congressman Collin Peterson, Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager, Minnesota State Director Colleen Landkamer and others broke ground on a new senior facility last week.

Thanks the efforts of community members and financing from USDA Rural Development and Agstar Rural Capital Network, a project nine years in the making will soon be a reality in Hutchinson, Minn. Read more »

Mississippi School Receives HealthierUS School Challenge Award During National School Lunch Week

FNS Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs Audrey Rowe talks with Byram Middle School students during their lunch period following a ceremony in which their school received a HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Award on Oct 14.

FNS Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs Audrey Rowe talks with Byram Middle School students during their lunch period following a ceremony in which their school received a HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Award on Oct 14.

It was my privilege to celebrate National School Lunch Week in Byram, MS, the greater Jackson area, to recognize Byram Middle School for meeting the Gold level of the HealthierUS School Challenge.  I was glad that Deuce McAllister, retired running back for the New Orleans Saints and Ole Miss, was also there to talk to the students about the importance of good nutrition and physical fitness as part of Fuel Up to Play 60.  Deuce and I both agree that it is so important that our children are healthy and active, that they not go hungry, and that they have access to nutritious meals. Read more »

USDA Funding to Improve Water Quality for Residents Along the Arizona-New Mexico Border

St. Johns is a small community in Apache County, Arizona, close to the New Mexico border. Originally called El Vadito—little river crossing—St. Johns has found water to be an issue for their growth and development lately. Read more »

Bright weekend anticipated for Fall Colors

The United States Department of Agriculture, U. S. Forest Service offers an evolving living painting of color during the fall. North, South, East or West the National Forests are a great natural resource to be enjoyed.

The United States Department of Agriculture, U. S. Forest Service offers an evolving living painting of color during the fall. North, South, East or West the National Forests are a great natural resource to be enjoyed.

From New England through the south and across the upper Midwest to the Rockies and Pacific Northwest, many people anticipate that this weekend will be a showcase for a vast array of brilliant fall colors. Read more »