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Hard Work, Creativity Key to Successful Summer Food Service Program

Delaware youth enjoy fresh fruits during lunch at a Summer Food Service Program site in 2010.  The Food Bank of Delaware dramatically increased participation through hard work and creativity.

Delaware youth enjoy fresh fruits during lunch at a Summer Food Service Program site in 2010. The Food Bank of Delaware dramatically increased participation through hard work and creativity.

Increasing participation in the Summer Food Service Program isn’t always easy.  There are no silver bullets or magic spells.  Being successful also doesn’t require fancy outreach materials that break the bank.  The secret, according to the Food Bank of Delaware, is hard work and creativity. Read more »

Fledgling Floodplain Attracts Endangered Crane

This adolescent chick, hatched and raised at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, is one of ten whooping cranes released in Louisiana in February 2011.

This adolescent chick, hatched and raised at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, is one of ten whooping cranes released in Louisiana in February 2011.

Who would believe that within a year of the restoration of a Lawrence County, Illinois floodplain, two endangered birds could find it? This recently happened when a breeding pair of whooping cranes took a break from their northern migration to enjoy the newly restored wetland. Read more »

USDA Funds Assist in the Expansion of Bemidji’s Northern Dental Access Center

Several years ago, community members in Bemidji, Minn. realized the need for a dental health facility that would serve underprivileged and at-risk families. In December of 2008, that realization became reality when the doors of the Northern Access Dental Center opened to the public.

The Northern Access Dental Center serves people in Beltrami county and nearby areas, which includes three American Indian reservations. Because a large percentage of this northwestern Minnesotan population falls under the legal poverty line, the volume of people requiring assistance provided by this new facility was vastly underestimated. Read more »