Through coordination and collaboration, the Office of Advocacy and Outreach works across USDA to enhance access to services for the communities we serve.
Are you a community-based organization, farmer or just someone who lives in Rural America? Do you have questions on how you can partner with USDA to leverage community resources and promote economic development in your community? We have answers!
On March 26, 2013, Secretary Vilsack launched the StrikeForce to Boost Rural Economic Growth and Opportunity Initiative – an extension of a 3 state pilot project, launched in 2010. The StrikeForce Initiative targets rural areas of persistent poverty where USDA staff can work with state, tribal, local and community leaders to increase awareness of programs and services that help to promote economic development and job creation. StrikeForce is currently operating in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
Interested in learning more? On Monday, June 17, at 12:00 pm est. you are invited to join Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as he sits down to his very first Google+ Hangout to discuss StrikeForce opportunities, success stories and how YOUR community can get involved.
Secretary Vilsack will participate in this virtual conversation from the USDA studio in Washington, DC but it will be broadcast live on our USDA Google+ page as well as usda.gov/live. He will be accompanied by a panel of StrikeForce experts, recipients and coordinators who will help to answer frequently asked questions from around the country and provide guidance on how to sign up to be a part of the StrikeForce initiative in your community. Submit your questions in advance on Twitter using the hashtag #AskUSDA, or send to your StrikeForce coordinator.
Check with your local USDA Service Center if you're interested in watching the Hangout with community partners.
We hope you’ll join us on June 17 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Follow USDA on Google+ for updates and future opportunities to engage with USDA.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 2:00PM EST Register Here!
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service and Office of Advocacy and Outreach will host a bilingual (English/Spanish) webinar highlighting the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in farmworker communities. The webinar will provide information about how the SFSP works to help feed low-income children during the summer, who are eligible, and how you can get involved this year with a particular focus on strategies for success in farmworker communities. The webinar will also cover the many resources available to help you get started, highlight successful programs and outreach practices from around the country, and provide an opportunity to have your questions answered by FNS Program experts in English and Spanish.
To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program, please visit: www.summerfood.usda.gov
El Departamento de Agricultura de EE.UU. (USDA) y la Coordinadora de Trabajadores Agrícolas de la Oficina de Alcance y Defensa estarán auspiciando un seminario virtual bilingüe donde se enfatizará la iniciativa para alimentar a niños que viven en comunidades agrícolas una vez finalice el año escolar. El seminario proveerá información acerca de cómo el Programa de Servicio de Alimentos de Verano (SFSP) ayuda a alimentar a niños de bajos ingresos durante los meses de verano, quienes son elegibles para participar y como usted puede ser parte del programa este año. Durante el seminario también se hablará de los recursos disponibles para comenzar el programa, las mejores prácticas para promoverlo y se resaltarán campañas que han tenido éxito alrededor del país. Por último, la audiencia tendrá la oportunidad de hacer preguntas a expertos en el programa, las cuales se responderán en inglés y en español.
Fecha: Jueves 30 de mayo de 2013
Horas: 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Hora Este -EST)
1:00pm - 2:00pm (Hora Central -CST)
12:00pm - 1:00pm (Hora de la montaña -MST)
11:00am - 12:00pm (Hora del Pacífico -PST)
Para más detalles acerca del Programa de Servicio de Alimentos de Verano, por favor visite: http://www.fns.usda.gov/es/sfsp
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