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April 27, 2012

PBH Hosts First Webinar Series
PBH Attends 39th Annual Head Start Conference
Join PBH for Spring Celebrations Twitter Party
New Food Hub Resource Guide Expands Market Opportunities for Farmers
USDA Farm to School Program Improves Nutrition of School Meals

PBH Hosts First Webinar Series

Earlier this week, PBH had a successful response in hosting its first webinar, “Consumer Attitudes About Fruits & Vegetables, 2012.” An audience of more than 200 participants, which consisted of dietitians, health workers, and educators, tuned in for this insightful consumer information—more attendees for a PBH webcast than ever before! A few key points covered by PBH President Elizabeth Pivonka during the webinar were: 

  • Identifying consumer misinformation and purchasing behaviors regarding all forms of fruits and vegetables.
  • Identifying the shopper behavior differences between men, women, and women with young children.
  • Identifying positive strategies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.

PBH plans to hold additional webinars in the upcoming months on a variety of fruit and vegetable nutrition topics. You are encouraged to contact either Renee Bullion or Cyndy Dennis to learn more about available webinar sponsorships.

PBH Attends 39th Annual Head Start Conference

The PBH Catalog Sales Team attended the 39th Annual Head Start Conference earlier this month. This year’s conference was held in Nashville, Tennessee, where thousands of Head Start leaders convened to learn about the latest research and products available for early childhood education. PBH showcased the many nutrition education products available in the 2012 PBH Nutrition Education Catalog including the newest MyPlate materials.

Join PBH for Spring Celebrations Twitter Party

Graduation parties, Mother’s Day gatherings, weddings, and first communions are a few of the celebrations that are popular this time of year. Learn how to freshen up those celebrations by bringing more fruits and vegetables to your table. PBH will host a Spring Celebrations Twitter party on May 2nd at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) to share ideas on incorporating more fruits and veggies into your spring party. Please join us and share your own ideas with consumers; just use hashtag #HealthyParty

New Food Hub Resource Guide Expands Market Opportunities for Farmers

The USDA has unveiled the first Regional Food Hub Resource Guide, which supports its commitment to expand market opportunities for small- and mid-sized producers. Food Hubs are businesses or organizations that connect producers with buyers by offering a suite of production, distribution, and marketing services.

The new guide is an extensive collection of information and resources which provides everything needed to participate in a regional food hub. It highlights the economic contributions the food hubs make to local communities and the role they play in expanding regional food systems. It also outlines funding opportunities, support resources, best practices, strategies to address challenges, and more. The USDA has identified more than 170 food hubs operating in the U.S. in 2011.

The Regional Food Hub Resource Guide was developed by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service in partnership with the Wallace Center at Winrock International, the National Good Food Network, the National Association of Produce Market Managers, and the Project of Public Spaces. You can read the full press release and learn more.

USDA Farm to School Program Improves Nutrition of School Meals

Last week, the USDA announced it will be investing in the farm to school programs nationwide to help eligible schools improve the health and well-being of their students and connect with local agricultural producers. The Farm to School Grant Program is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which authorized and funded USDA to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. The new investments will assist schools in procuring food from local producers. Farm to school initiatives can also include agriculture and nutrition education efforts like school gardens, field trips to local farms, and cooking classes.

The grants will help schools respond to the growing demand for locally sourced foods and increase market opportunities for producers and food businesses, including food processors, manufacturers, distributors, and other value-added operations.

Proposals are due June 15, 2012, and to assist eligible entities in preparing proposals, the USDA will host a webinar related to Implementation Grants on May 15, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) and a webinar related to Planning Grants on May 17, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). For more information on the webinars, the farm to school program, or the USDA’s form to school efforts, please visit the USDA Farm to School website.

PBH is pleased to recognize the following companies who have contributed their support to the Foundation from April 11, 2012 through April 25, 2012. Your generous contributions help support PBH’s many activities to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. To find out how you can support PBH, and grow your business in the process, contact PBH Development Director Renee Bullion or PBH Development Manager Cyndy Dennis.

New Board of Trustee Companies:
Resnick Family Foundation, Inc.

New Donors:
Harris Moran Seed Company
Sbrocco International, Inc.
Sun Belle, Inc.

Returning Trustees ($10,000+ Annual Contribution):
Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc.
United Fresh Produce Association

Donors Who Increased Their Annual Contribution:
HMC Farms

Returning Donors:
Fruit Growers Marketing Association
Giant Eagle, Inc.
Kellogg Company
K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
Matthews Ridgeview Farms
Meijer, Inc.
Potandon Produce, L.L.C.
Raley's Supermarkets
Washington State Potato Commission


For more information, contact Kristen Stevens.


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