Passionate about Good Nutrition for Kids

Passionate about Good Nutrition for Kids

Posted by Cindy Long, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service in

Food and Nutrition
Nutrition Security

Jan 18, 2023

Prior to changing into the Food and Nutrition Service Administrator on the U.S. Department of Agriculture, I spent a few years with USDA working within the youngster diet house. I rapidly turned captivated with my work. It’s arduous to assume that for some kids, the meals they obtain in school are usually not simply the one wholesome meals they eat that day, however the one meals they eat all day. That’s the truth for too many kids. It motivated me then and much more now in my position as Administrator. In this position, I’m strengthening the efforts to make sure kids get wholesome nutritious meals on a constant foundation, to allow them to do higher in class, which units them up for achievement!

During the pandemic, kids throughout the nation obtained free college meals. Keeping kids fed throughout college closures required herculean efforts and shut coordination amongst faculties, metropolis, state, federal companions, volunteers, and anti-hunger organizations. This 12 months, as faculties transition again to pre-pandemic meal operations, some states have continued common free meals.

Maine, Massachusetts, California, Vermont, Nevada, and lately Colorado have discovered inventive and modern methods to mix state funds with federal funds to supply common free college meals and take that burden off dad and mom.

Western Regional Office Regional Administrator Jesus Mendoza, Jr., and Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Cindy Long tour Three Square Food Bank

Recently, I used to be in Nevada and met with a gaggle of individuals captivated with feeding each particular person in want in Nevada, particularly kids. I used to be there to be taught extra about their journey towards common free meals in faculties, and to supply USDA assist to maintain the momentum going. We met at Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas. They graciously hosted a roundtable dialogue, which allowed me to listen to college districts’ and neighborhood organizations’ issues and the way USDA can assist their efforts. Since that journey, the Nevada State legislature has authorized a further $28M to proceed common college meals for college 12 months 2023-2024!

As I journey to different states within the coming months, I’ll share how Nevada made common free meals a actuality with hopes that others can observe that very same path. We all share the accountability to make sure that kids get wholesome meals, to allow them to develop good consuming habits at an early age and succeed later in life!

Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Cindy Long at Three Square Food Bank for a roundtable discussion about school meals

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