Sarah Reinhardt

Food Systems & Health Analyst

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Sarah Reinhardt is the food systems and health analyst for the Food & Environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she applies her academic expertise in nutrition and her practical experience in equitable and sustainable food systems to support increased consumer access to healthy foods, and the development of a comprehensive national food policy.See Sarah's full bio.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Is Cheapest in Years, But Are Family Farms Paying the Price?

Last week, the Farm Bureau released the results of its annual price survey on the cost of a typical Thanksgiving dinner. The grand total for a “feast” for 10 people, according to this year’s shoppers? About 50 dollars. ($49.87, if you want to be exact.) After adjusting for inflation, the Farm Bureau concluded that the cost of Thanksgiving dinner was at its lowest level since 2013. Let’s talk about what that means for farmers, and for all of us. Read more >

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For This DC School, Every Month is Farm to School Month

It’s the end of October, which means National Farm to School Month is drawing to a close. But that doesn’t matter to the students at School Within School in northeast DC—for them, it’s always farm to school month. Read more >

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USDA Reorganization Sidelines Dietary Guidelines

Last month, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a number of proposed changes to the organization of the vast federal department he oversees. While some of these changes may seem arcane, they will have real impacts on all of us. The proposed merger of two key nutrition programs is a case in point. Read more >

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Happy 40th, SNAP! Celebrating Four Decades of Effective Nutrition Assistance

Happy birthday to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as we know it! Read more >

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Free Lunches in New York City Public Schools Are a Win for Kids—and Technology

It’s so good to share good news.

This month, the New York City Public Schools announced that, starting with the current school year, all students can receive free lunch with no questions asked. That means less stigma for kids facing food insecurity, less worrying for families, and less paperwork for school districts. And it might surprise you to learn that at the heart of this victory—carried across the finish line by a group of dedicated advocates—is a fairly common application of technology. Read more >

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