WIC CONTINUES ROLL OUT OF WIC CARD PROGRAM
The MA WIC
office continues on its plans to convert to an electronic benefits system in
lieu of paper vouchers. The program will
begin as a pilot program in Berkshire County in July, with the rest of the
state to follow in October. WIC will be
holding monthly meetings with the WIC Vendor Advisory Council to discuss the
program’s progress and address issues that may arise, with meetings scheduled
for March 27, April 30, May 29 and June 25.
Due to the ongoing program, a moratorium will be placed on new WIC
vendor applications from March 17 through November 17. If you have any questions or comments please
contact the office or the WIC Director Judy Haus at (617) 624-6100.
Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy Program now
Accepting Feasibility Study Grant Applications
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is pleased to
announce that the Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy
Program is again accepting applications for Feasibility Study grants.
Organics-to-Energy supports the use of anaerobic digestion and other
technologies that convert source-separated organic wastes into electricity and
thermal energy. Both private and
public-sector entities are eligible to apply for Feasibility Study grants.
continues to accept applications from public entities for Technical Services
grants, and applications from both private and public-sector entities for
Construction or Pilot Project grants.
more information about opportunities through Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy
FREE WORKSHOP ON DRAFTING A FOOD DEFENSE PLAN
Attached below is your invitation to attend FDA’s Food Defense Plan
Builder Workshop to be held April 14, 2014 at the Seaport Hotel & Seaport
World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA. Important registration and workshop
instructions are contained in the attached invitation. There
is no charge to attend but space is limited and you must register by April 4,
2014. Be sure to follow the instructions
in the attached invitation in regards to downloading
the Food Defense Plan Builder (FDPB) tool (to your laptop) prior to the
workshop and you must bring this laptop to the workshop. This is a hands on training for industry
participants and they will leave the workshop with a draft Food Defense plan. If you have any questions call Mary Yebba of
FDA at (781) 587-7466 or email her at email@example.com
or contact the office.
FDA Proposes Updates to
Nutrition Facts label on Food Packages
The FDA is proposing
to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new public
health and scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic
diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The proposed label would also update
out-of-date serving size requirements to better align with how much people
really eat, and it features a fresh design to highlight key parts of the label
such as calories and serving sizes. For
more information click on the title above or contact the office.