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FNS: National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates Federal Register
Jul 19, 2018 - Announces the annual adjustments to the federal and state funding levels for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and the reimbursement rates for institutions participating in the Special Milk Program for Children. Updated rates are effective from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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Mobile Food Banks Roll to Isolated, Rural Poor
Jul 16, 2018 - Highlights the work of the West Alabama Food Bank's mobile pantry which delivers food to people in nine rural counties in Alabama, many poor, aging, or disabled. With poverty levels higher in rural areas than in urban, food insecurity concentrated in rural areas, and more limited transportation options in rural areas, mobile food pantries are an attempt to bridge the gap.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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FNS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request: Assessment of Mandatory Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (E&T) Programs Federal Register
Jul 9, 2018 - USDA's Food and Nutrition Services is seeking public comment by September 7, 2018 on an information collection seeking to determine how specific Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) mandatory employment and training program processes and services affect a participant's likelihood of of participating in the SNAP program. The information collection will also seek to determine how well these mandatory programs help SNAP participants gain skills, certificates, and gain stable, well-paying employment.
Source: Federal Register
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Hoeven: Senate Passes Farm Bill to Support Native American Producers and Communities
Jun 28, 2018 - Statement from Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on the provisions in the Farm Bill, recently passed by the U.S. Senate, from his Cultivating Resources, Opportunities, Prosperity and Sustainability (CROPS) for Indian Country Act. Among other things, this authorizes $5 million to establish a tribal self-determination procurement demonstration project within the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), which will allow tribal food programs to better serve the nearly 90,000 Native Americans who currently participate in this program.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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FNS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study-II Federal Register
Jun 27, 2018 - USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is seeking comment by August 27, 2018 on a new information collection that will provide the agency with an comprehensive view of the nutritional quality, cost, and acceptability of meals served as part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Results from this study will be compared with findings collected during the 2014-15 school year to help inform policy changes going forward.
Source: Federal Register
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ERS: Notice of Intent To Request Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection Federal Register
Jun 19, 2018 - USDA's Economic Research Service is seeking comment on the renewal of an information collection to assess food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the Food and Nutrition Service in order to monitor the prevalence of food security and severity of food insecurity in the United States. Comments are due by August 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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