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January 22 , 2010
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PBH Office Relocating
Consumer Website Grows in Popularity in 2009
Comment Period on WIC Food Packages Revisions Ends February First
Reserve Now for Best Prices to Attend Annual Meeting & Gala
Dont Miss the Huge PBH Catalog Clearance Sale



PBH Office Relocating

 

The PBH office is relocating, effective Monday, February 8, 2010. The new address will be 7465 Lancaster Pike, Suite J, 2nd Floor, Hockessin, DE 19707. PBHs phone number, (302) 235-2329, will remain the same, as will all office extension numbers for PBH staff and the fax number. 
 

All donors should make a note of the address change in their records so that all correspondence can continue to reach PBH after this move.


Consumer Website Grows in Popularity in 2009
 

In 2009, the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® website received a monthly average of 61,318 visitors, a 23 percent higher average for monthly visits than in 2008. The site, www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org, is becoming more well-known and new features are being added all the time.  
 

New commodities entered the fruit and veggie database in 2009, and even more will make their debut in 2010. Another popular enhancement added to the website in 2009 is the Fruit & Vegetable Blog: Stem & Stalk … Let's Talk where PBH's own Sharese Alston shares her trials, tribulations, and successes surrounding healthy food choices for her family.  
 

The recipe database continues to be one of the most frequently visited areas of the site and PBH is in the process of adding some new recipes that were recently sent in by donors. PBH encourages all donors to submit new recipes for the website. Only recipes with print-quality photos of the completed dish will be considered. There is no recipe limit and the submitting donor will be credited for the recipe on the website. Please send recipes and photos to PBH Communications Specialist Jill LeBrasseur.  
 

PBH's Keeping Moms Informed e-newsletter is distributed bi-weekly and offers hints and tips to Moms for increasing their families' intake of fruits and vegetables. Total opt-in subscribers to the e-newsletter increased to a total of 20,350 recipients in 2009, 19 percent over 2008's subscriber numbers.  PBH encourages donors to sign up for PBH's Keeping Moms Informed e-newsletter and to recommend it to all the Moms they know.  
 

Government, non-profit, and industry sites have increasingly been linking to www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org from their own websites, too. Links to PBH's website at the end of 2009 were 20 percent higher than at the end of 2008. If your company hasn't already added a link from its website to www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org, add one now. To make adding a link easy, a link button and website copy are available for donors.


Comment Period on WIC Food Packages Revisions Ends February First
 

The Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service is considering revisions to the food packages received by participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) that would increase the cash value of vouchers they receive for fruit and vegetable purchases from $8 per month to $10 per month for all women participants. Public comments on the recommended changes are being solicited and must be submitted on or before February 1, 2010 via the Federal e-Rulemaking portal.  
 

As the Department of Agriculture finalizes the WIC Food Package rule, PBH asks that donors, nutrition educators, health advocates, and all concerned citizens consider the following recommendations:

1. Increase the cash-value of the fruit/vegetable voucher for WIC children to $8/month as originally recommended by the Institute of Medicine

2. Increase the cash-value of the fruit/vegetable voucher for fully breastfeeding women to $12/month to incentivize WIC moms to breast feed their babies. 

3. Require State WIC Agencies to allow split tender to enable WIC families to maximize the full benefit of their fruit/vegetable vouchers. 
 

PBH encourages donors to log on to the regulations.gov website on or before February 1 and submit these comments and/or their own in favor of increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables available to those participating in this important nutrition program. 
 

For background on the proposed WIC food package revisions, view this PDF. For the complete text of proposed comments, view this sample letter.


Reserve Now for Best Prices to Attend Annual Meeting & Gala
 

PBH's annual Board of Trustees and committee meetings, April 8-10, are rapidly approaching. This event will be held at the "Castle on the Coast," the beautiful Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. Reduced room reservation rates of $229 are available for PBH donors who reserve before March 15. For more information on the meeting and events, contact PBH Executive Assistant Sharese Alston
 

Limited sponsorship opportunities remain available for this meeting! Sponsors will be recognized in board meeting publications, communications, and on-site signage. If you would like to be a sponsor, contact PBH West Coast Fund Development Director Jennifer Armen-Bolen or PBH East Coast Fund Development Director Renee Bullion
 

The 2010 Gala at the Castle Dinner-Auction and Dance, April 10, 2010, is rapidly selling out and early reservation pricing ends Jan. 29. This fun-filled evening will feature gourmet food, a stellar line-up of live and silent auction items, and will end with guests dancing the night away. The Gala at the Castle offers an excellent opportunity for networking with retailers and others in the produce industry. To make your gala reservation contact PBH Database Associate Allison Kissel.  
 

Those attending the Northern California Fresh Produce & Floral Expo, April 7, are invited to make the short drive from the Alameda County Fairgrounds to Half Moon Bay to talk with attendees and PBH staff after the Expo event wraps up.


Dont Miss the Huge PBH Catalog Clearance Sale
 

Looking for some inexpensive nutrition education items? PBH is having a catalog clearance sale! Pick up perennial favorites like balloons, note cubes, logo clings, and much, much more at bargain prices. For more details,see the catalog sale e-mail.



PBH is pleased to recognize the following companies as leaders in the fruit and vegetable industry and thanks them for their support. Their generous contributions help make possible PBH's many activities to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. PBH thanks all current and new donors who have contributed to the foundation from Jan. 1 2010 through Jan. 15 2010. Together we can make a difference in the nation's fruit and vegetable consumption. To find out how you can support PBH, and grow your business in the process, contact PBH West Coast Fund Development Director Jennifer Armen-Bolen or PBH East Coast Fund Development Director Renee Bullion.


Returning Trustees ($10,000+ Annual Contribution):
Produce Marketing Association


Returning Donors:
American Mushroom Institute
Aunt Mids Produce Company
Banacol Marketing Corporation
Better Bags, Inc.
Fisher Capespan Canada Senc.

 

For more information, contact Kristen Stevens.


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