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Turnip the Beet! High Quality Summer Meals Award Program

The Turnip the Beet Award recognizes outstanding summer meal program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high-quality meals to children that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months. Summer meals are critical in the lives of millions of our nation’s youth, whose risk for food insecurity increases during the su …

October 20, 2021
What is the Food Distribution Program?
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What is the Food Distribution Program?

The Food Distribution Program helps people in need get USDA-donated foods as part of the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) from their local food pantry. The Family Support Division also distributes food to summer food service programs for children, disaster relief, and six non-profit food banks that provide emergency food assistance to food …

October 6, 2021
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Farm to School Grant Program

About the Farm to School Grant Program On an annual basis, USDA awards competitive Farm to School grants that support planning, developing, and implementing farm-to-school programs. USDA’s Farm to School grants are an important way to help state, regional, and local organizations as they initiate, expand, and institutionalize farm-to-school ef …

September 29, 2021
Wholesale food distributors
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How to find wholesale food distributors for your store

Wholesale food distributors are the perfect source of fresh and quality food for convenience stores. There are small and large companies who provide you a range of products and services. Today, you cannot expect to grow if you do not have a backup of good food distribution. A lot of companies and stores searching online for wholesale grocery distri …

August 27, 20210 comments
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Child Care Food Program (CCFP)

Community Coordinated Care for Children, Inc. (4C) sponsors the Child Care Food Program (CCFP) in Orange, Osceola, Polk, and Seminole counties. The program is federally funded and regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In Florida, the Department of Health Bureau of Child Nutrition administers the program. Child care centers, Head S …

July 26, 20210 comments
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Ways to Reduce Wasted Food

Reduce Wasted Food Tips Planning, prepping, and storing food can help your household waste less food. Below are some tips to help you do just that: Planning Tips – Reduce Wasted Food By simply making a list with weekly meals in mind, you can save money and time and eat healthier food. If you buy no more than what you expect to use, you will be m …

July 20, 20210 comments
Recipe-Ready Ingredients
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Recipe-Ready Ingredients = Efficiencies in Your Kitchen

I heard someone say recently that “data will set you free.”  Any business owner or operator would likely tell you this is true, especially in the business of food service.  Daily metrics related to labor costs, food costs, cook yield, plate waste, patient or customer satisfaction and so much more help guide strategic business decisions.  In all of …

July 11, 20210 comments
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Child and Adult Care Food Program

Ensuring Children and Adults Have Access to Nutritious Meals and Snacks The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults who are enrolled for care at participating child care centers, daycare homes, and adult daycare centers. CACFP also pro …

June 7, 20210 comments
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8 FOODS TO PROTECT YOUR HEART

MOST COMMON HEART PROBLEMS TO WATCH OUT FOR Heart disease refers to a number of issues that can happen in any part of the cardiovascular system.  One of the most common problems is plaque buildup in the arteries, which narrows them and makes it harder for blood to pass through and circulate throughout the body. Chronic inflammation can also damage b …

May 18, 20210 comments
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