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USDA Announces Nationwide Expansion of Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional support for schools working to serve school children healthy meals with the nationwide expansion of the Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative. The initiative will provide school nutrition personnel across the country tailored technical assistance and peer to peer mentoring. This allows schools to address their individual resource and training needs. USDA conducted a pilot of the Team Up effort in the southeast region last fall and will now expand the program to other regions of the country.

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USDA Awards Grants to Support Schools Serving Healthier Meals and Snacks

Up to $25 million will be provided for new food service equipment; $5.5 million for training

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be awarding over $30 million in grants to help schools prepare healthy meals for their children. Twenty-five million dollars in grants will help schools purchase needed equipment to make preparing and serving healthier meals easier and more efficient, and up to $5.5 million will provide additional training for school food service professionals.

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Population Connection Announces Winners of “World of 7 Billion” International Student Video Contest

Population Connection Announces Winners of  “World of 7 Billion” International Student Video ContestThirteen students from four countries and seven U.S. states earned the top spots in the “World of 7 Billion” video contest sponsored by Population Connection. The competition encouraged high school students around the world to create and enter videos on population growth relating to one of three topics: universal education; diminishing farmland; and the sixth mass extinction.

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Panera Bread Becomes First National Restaurant Company to Share List of Unacceptable Ingredients

Panera Bread Becomes First National Restaurant Company to Share List of Unacceptable IngredientsCompany Details ‘No No’ List of Artificial Additive s to be Removed and Introduces ‘Clean’ Salad Dressings

Panera Bread shared progress on its commitment to remove artificial additives by publishing a list of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives that the Company has eliminated or intends to remove from its U.S. Panera Bread® and St. Louis Bread Co.® bakery - cafe food menu s by the end of 2016 . Panera is the first national restaurant company in the U.S. to publically share a comprehensive list of ingredients that will be removed from or never appear in its menu items.

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