USDA for All Seasons
Marking the first day of summer Friday - U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack launched the USDA for All Seasons campaign. It's an effort to help Americans stay healthy and safe throughout the year with USDA programs and information.
Vilsack says USDA provides assistance to millions of Americans across a wide variety of areas every day. This USDA for All Seasons effort is designed to expand access to helpful seasonal information and resources from the Department that play a key role in advancing the Obama Administration's goal of improving the health and well-being of all Americans.
During the summer - Vilsack says USDA will help folks enjoy the great outdoors safely with useful grilling and food safety tips, help parents ensure good nutrition for their kids and much more.
One example of a USDA agency contributing to this health agenda is the Food and Nutrition Service - which kicked off an awareness campaign to promote the Summer Food Service Program and other initiatives across the country to feed low-income children during summer when school is out.
It's USDA's goal to serve five-million more meals to children at risk for hunger this summer so they can return to school healthy and ready to learn in the fall.
Another example is the Food Safety and Inspection Service - reminding barbecuers that following safe food handling steps is the key to making cookouts safe and healthy.