USDA launches pilot program allowing SNAP recipients to shop for groceries online

During a two-year pilot program, those receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits — often referred to as “food stamps” — will be able to shop for groceries from online retailers, including Walmart, Amazon and, soon, ShopRite and others. The pilot is live in New York state at launch, with availability that varies by retailer

University of Louisiana food pantry is officially open for business, helping fight food insecurity

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette recently opened a food pantry to help fight food insecurity among students.

Campus Cupboard is a free resource for students and staff who require short-term help to meet their food needs. The pantry began operating in November, but celebrated its grand opening Thursday at 413 Brook Ave., inside the Intensive English Language building.

All hands on deck: Halting the vicious circle of stunting in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world with a growing number of children under the age of five who have stunted growth, meaning they are too short for their age. Although the number of children affected by stunting globally has decreased drastically since 1990, Africa is the only region that has seen an increase in the number of children stunted despite a decrease in the prevalence of stunting.

FDA, USDA, EPA Announce Strategy To ‘Win On Reducing Food Waste’

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a federal interagency strategy to address food waste. The announcement follows a Presidential Message acknowledging the month of April as Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month and encouraging public action and participation from all sectors.