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Posts tagged: Orlando

Refinancing Program Could Help Thousands of USDA Home Mortgage Holders

L-R: Orlando Housing Authority President Vivian Bryant; Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack; Rural Development Florida State Director Richard Machek and Rural Development Florida Single Family Housing Program Director Daryl Cooper participated in a business roundtable in Orlando, Fla., last Friday.  They discussed discuss the USDA Rural Development Home Refinancing Pilot Program which is available to USDA borrowers in 19 states.

L-R: Orlando Housing Authority President Vivian Bryant; Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack; Rural Development Florida State Director Richard Machek and Rural Development Florida Single Family Housing Program Director Daryl Cooper participated in a business roundtable in Orlando, Fla., last Friday. They discussed the USDA Rural Development Home Refinancing Pilot Program which is available to USDA borrowers in 19 states.

When most people think of Orlando, Florida, they envision exciting theme parks, Cinderella’s castle and a mouse with big ears.  But when USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Orlando on February 24th, it was with a different vision in mind. Read more »

What’s for lunch? How about a Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap?

Cross posted from the Let’s Move! blog:

It was off to the Sunshine State for our team of judges in the First Lady’s Recipes for Healthy Kids contest where they joined students at Orlando’s Liberty Middle School. The competition to date has been intense as kids cooked up some delectable dishes. Liberty’s recipe, called Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap (Dark Green and Orange Vegetables), was among 15 recipes chosen to move forward in the competition from among the 340 entries submitted across five categories: whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas.

Recipe team members at Liberty were school nutrition professional, Sharon Springer; Chef Ed Colleran, Executive Sous Chef at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.; community member Ms. Sarah Thornquest; and students Joshua, Tyler, Kimberly, Shalima, and Priscilla. Read more »

Morning Star Foodies Reap Harvest From Let’s Move! Blog

Morning Star Foodie Brandon Brown inspects the donated cumquat bush he took charge of to ensure its proper care.

Morning Star Foodie Brandon Brown inspects the donated cumquat bush he took charge of to ensure its proper care.

Cross posted from the Let’s Move! blog:

Back in January, we posted a blog about the Chefs Move to Schools initiative, called Chef Helps Special Needs School Children Explore New Foods.  The story highlighted the efforts of Morning Star School, Orlando, Fla., and created a windfall of support in the local community for the Morning Star Foodies.  The Morning Star Foodies are the special needs students involved in the school’s Let’s Move! program. Read more »

Chef Inspired, Kid Approved

Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (center) watches as Metrowest Elementary School and Wolf Lake Elementary School student chefs cook their recipes during the Chefs Move to Schools event, Orlando, Fla. (USDA photo by Debbie Smoot)

Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (center) watches as Metrowest Elementary School and Wolf Lake Elementary School student chefs cook their recipes during the Chefs Move to Schools event, Orlando, Fla. (USDA photo by Debbie Smoot)

Cross posted from the Let’s Move! blog:

I had the distinct pleasure to join the White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiative Sam Kass, to participate in a unique Chefs Move to Schools event at Edgewater High School Auditorium, Orlando, Fla., in celebration of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. Read more »

Chef Helps Special Needs School Children Explore New Foods

Chef Jamie McFadden and Special Needs students at Morning Star School in Orlando, Fla., make fresh apple sauce as part of the Chefs Move to School initiative.

Chef Jamie McFadden and Special Needs students at Morning Star School in Orlando, Fla., make fresh apple sauce as part of the Chefs Move to School initiative.

Cross-posted from the Let’s Move! Blog:

Morning Star School for special needs children in Orlando, Fla., is enjoying a culinary experience they’ll never forget thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Chefs Move to Schools” initiative and local Chef Jamie McFadden. To the student’s joy, McFadden visited the school and shared cooking projects that their team had just completed.  Chef McFadden relayed that the children were a delight and engaged, as their time together focused on fresh fruits and vegetables, food safety, and sanitation practices.  Thus far, the students have explored apples and pumpkins, and have learned about the history and origins of the foods they enjoy. Read more »