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USDA launches measures to reduce food stamp fraud

Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumers Services Kevin Concannon today unveiled a series of what he called “aggressive new steps” to cut down on fraud and abuse in the supplemental nutrition assistance program known as SNAP and still called food stamps by many Americans.
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Vilsack: Increased efforts, economy drive lunch program rise

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has told The Hagstrom Report that the rise in the number of children receiving free and reduced price school meals is due to a combination of efforts to register the children for those meals and the increased number of children who are eligible because their parents have experienced unemployment or a loss of income. Read More...

Concannon: Food insecurity report shows programs working

The percentage of American households that are food insecure — meaning that they do not have or fear not having adequate food — remained about the same, according to an annual report released by the Agriculture Department today, while the percentage of households that experienced very low food security — meaning that they did not have the quantity of food they needed — went down. Read More...

Reaction split to SNAP decision on NYC beverage ban

The Agriculture Department has rejected New York state’s application for a demonstration project to ban the use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits (SNAP) to purchase sweetened beverages in New York City, but the issue of what SNAP beneficiaries can buy could surface again in the 2012 farm bill debate as an issue that crosses party lines. Read More...

Healthier U.S. School Challenge program reaches goal

As the start of the school year approaches, Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon announced today that the administration had reached its goal of registering 1,250 schools as winners of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Healthier U.S. School Challenge.” The schools had to improve school nutrition and expand physical activity opportunities. Read More...

USDA to launch seven-prong push for better eating

The Agriculture Department is planning a series of seven special campaigns to encourage Americans to eat better and eat less. Read More...

Stabenow won't support Ryan food stamp program plan

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said Wednesday that she will not support the proposal of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to turn the food stamp program into a capped block grant to the states, but anti-hunger advocates are still planning a campaign to make sure the federal program remains in place. Read More...

USDA seeks summer food sources for schoolchildren

The Obama administration is worried that children who depend on free and reduced price school meals will go hungry this summer, and is trying to work with church groups and others to develop more summer feeding sites this summer, Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon said today. Read More...

Administration change at Food and Nutrition Service

Audrey Rowe has been appointed administrator for USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, replacing Julie Paradis, who is retiring on April 1, Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon has announced. Read More...

Obama's USDA: Undersecretary Kevin Concannon: No food stamp cut expected

The Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services says he does not expect a funding challenge to the food stamp program, even though Congress and the Office of Management and Budget will be combing through the federal budget looking for cuts and a presidential commission said all programs had to be on the table in the attempt to balance the budget. Read More...