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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 »

Ayude A Alimentar A Niños Con Hambre Este Verano: Aprenda Más el 16 de Marzo

Los vientos de invierno pueda que aún estén soplando en donde usted vive, pero ya es hora de empezar a pensar en el verano. Cuando haya terminado el año escolar, más de 20 millones de niños que reciben almuerzo (lonche) gratis o a precio reducido durante el año a través del Programa Nacional de Almuerzo Escolar del Departamento de Agricultura de Estados Unidos estarán en problema. Menos de 3 millones de ellos participan en nuestros programas de alimentación durante el verano. Queremos asegurarnos que ningún niño en los Estados Unidos se va a la cama con hambre, esté o no en sesión escolar.  Eso nomás lo podemos hacer con su ayuda.  Su organización puede obtener comidas gratis para niños este verano siendo un sitio o un patrocinador del SFSP.  SFSP es un programa con fondos federales administrado por los estados que reembolsan a las organizaciones por las comidas servidas a los niños durante el verano.

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Help Feed Hungry Kids: Learn More on March 16

The winds of winter may still be blowing where you live, but it is already time to start thinking about the summer.  When school is finished, over 20 million children who receive free or reduced-price lunch during the school year through USDA’s National School Lunch Program will be in trouble.  Less than 3 million kids participate in our summer feeding programs.  We want to make sure that no child in the U.S. goes to bed hungry, whether school is in session or out.  We can only do that with your help.  Your organization can get free meals for kids this summer by being a site or sponsor in the Summer Food Service Program.  SFSP is a federally funded program administered by states that reimburses organizations for meals served to children during the summer.

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Urban Trees are Hard at Work in Washington, D.C.

My team at the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station recently completed a study of the District of Columbia’s urban forest using the publicly available, free iTree software suite. Understanding an urban forest’s structure, function and value can promote management decisions that will improve human health and environmental quality. Urban trees clean our air, capture stormwater and provide huge energy savings. Read more »