USDA Launches Toolkit Aimed for Latinos

In May 2012 the USDA launched a new, interactive Spanish toolkit, La Mesa Completa. The toolkit aims to help community leaders and faith-based communities become knowledgeable on the many ways they can work with USDA to ensure Latinos have access to nutrition programs; it includes links, best practices, and video testimonies. A recording of the webinar that launched the toolkit is available in Spanish.


Malnutrition in the U.S.: Signs of Hunger Not Always Obvious

In the U.S. nearly all people consume enough calories daily but they are not necessarily getting the nutrients they need for long-term health. Malnutrition, meaning bad nutrition, is most likely to occur among the poor. Organizations working to help the hungry are trying to address individual nutritional needs and provide healthy alternatives such as fresh fruits and vegetables, often with the help of local farmers.

FDA Supports Facts Up Front Food Label Program, Revives Nationwide Debate on Nutrition Labels and Consumer Education

The FDA supports the Facts Up Front program, a front-of-pack nutrition labelling program led by trade groups, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). The program was launched just weeks before the Institute of Medicine (IOM)’s own front-of-pack (FOP) nutrition labelling.  Each program highlights different aspects of nutritional content on its labels and the debate around how to simplify labels so they are not confusing, misleading or too complex for the average consumer to decipher in the grocery aisle.

Big Food: Health, Culture, and the Evolution of Eating, an Interactive Exhibit

Peabody, in collaboration with the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement at the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, launched an interactive, comprehensive and hands-on exhibit about what we eat.   The exhibit encompasses wide-ranging points from behavioral choices in nutrition and exercise to the sustainability of our food system.

Healthy Meals and Healthy Kids

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new rule that requires schools that participate in federally funded school lunch programs to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals, reduce levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans fats in meals, and meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. The updated lunch regulations are challenging food entrepreneurs to prepare healthier, tasty, and affordable school meals.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Grades Students Poorly on Produce Consumption

A new Study from CDC estimates that in 2010 high school students consumed fruits and vegetables on average 1.2 times per day. The study also found that daily fruit consumption was higher among male than female students.

“Kids LiveWell”

"Kids LiveWell" is an initiative to support healthier kids meals at 10 restaurant chains representing more than 15,000 locations in the US.  The National Restaurant Association in collaboration with Healthy Dining will offer and promote nutritional menu choices based on the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines as well as leading health organizations’ scientific recommendations.  Some initial participants include Burger King, Outback Steakhouse, Au Bon Pain, T-Bones Great American Eatery, and zpizza.

Healthy Foods Here Produce Guide and Merchandising Tips

The goal of the Healthy Foods Project Project, which is a collaboration between King County Public Health Department and the Seattle Office of Economic Development, is to make healthy food available in the county by supporting local businesses and providing resources on healthy foods. Some of the resources on the website include merchandising tips to help retailers sell healthy foods, a produce manual that provides basic care information on over 50 types of produce. Their resource guides for produce store owners are currently available in English, Spanish, Somali and Korean.

USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)

The FNS research webpage includes resources on the SNAP (food stamp) program, WIC, food insecurity, nutrition education, child nutrition and food distribution studies. The FNS regulations webpage includes legislation resources for school meals programs, SNAP, summer meal service, WIC, and the Child, Adult and Elderly Care Food Program.

The Food Assistance Program webpage provides resources to Food Distribution on Indian Reservations, Hunger and Food Insecurity, elderly nutrition programs, and head start.

Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP)

PHLP’s document library covers a range of topics related to food access; including healthy planning, farmers markets, healthy retail, childhood obesity, economic development, joint use agreements, mobile vending and produce carts, legislation, menu labeling and redevelopment.

Let's Move Initiative

Let’s Move is an initiative of the Office of the First Lady, Michelle Obama, designed to solve the issue of childhood obesity within a generation and involves parents and families in order to get kids more active and eating healthier foods. The website includes resources for parents, community leaders, schools and health care professionals to begin to address the nations childhood obesity epidemic.


Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

Pew Charitable Trust

The Pew Charitable Trust’s Food and Health initiative covers topics such as food safety, food additives, produce safety, and school food. Their Safe and Healthy Foods Campaign recommends policies to increase nutrition standards in schools, and ways to implement rigorous school food safety policies.

WHY Hunger

The WHY Hunger resource page includes reports on hunger, advocacy tools, federal nutrition policy tools, and farm to school program models. Their resource directory is a searchable database of food pantries, health care services, economic development resources and anti poverty organizations. Their Food Security Learning Center page includes information on a wide variety of food access topics such as farm to school, land use planning, local and regional food systems, and climate change.