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March 25, 2010
USDA To Highlight Obama Administration Efforts To Improve School Meals
"Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act allows us to enhance the nutritional quality of school meals and improve the overall health of our school environments," said Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon. "We must also continue to work towards reducing barriers and ensuring that all eligible children can participate in our school meals programs." USDA's nutrition programs help form a national safety net against hunger. Altogether, more than 31 million children are served through the National School Lunch Program and 11 million children are served through the National School Breakfast Program. Administration priorities include eliminating barriers that keep children from participating in school nutrition programs, improving the quality of school meals and the health of the school environment, and enhancing program performance. Dates and locations for the school nutrition events include: Date: Week of April 5th, 2010 Location: Little Rock, Ark. Who: FNCS Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton Date: April 13, 2010 Location: South Carolina Who: FNSAdministrator Julie Paradis Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2010 Location: Las Vegas, Nev. Who: Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs Audrey Rowe Date: Wednesday, April 28 or 29, 2010 Location: Orlando, Fla. Who: FNCS Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton Date: Week of May 10, 2010 Location: Detroit, Mich. Who: Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs Audrey Rowe Date: Week May 17th, 2010 Location: New Haven, Conn. Who: Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs Audrey Rowe Date: May 17, 2010 Location: Montana Who: FNS Administrator Julie Paradis Date: Week of May 24, 2010 Location: Indianapolis, Ind. Who: Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs Audrey Rowe Date: May 20 or 21, 2010 Location: Davis, Calif. Who: FNCS Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton Additional details will be made available closer to the event date. More information about USDA's efforts to improve child nutrition can be found at www.usda.gov. Additional information on First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign is at www.LetsMove.gov. #
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