According to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Julie Paradis will serve as administrator for USDA's the Food and Nutrition Service in Washington, D.C. FNS administers USDA's food and nutrition assistance programs. The agency provides children and needy families with better access to food and a more healthful diet through its programs and nutrition education efforts.

"For more than three decades, Paradis has worked to improve national food and nutrition programs and she will now be able to hit the ground running to enhance how these programs are delivered to the American people," says Vilsack. "It is a great honor to welcome Julie back to USDA to work with the President and me to improve the health and nutrition of people across this great country."

Between August of 2001 and October of 2006, Paradis served as Senior Washington Counsel for America's Second Harvest (currently known as Feeding America), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers, comprised of 215 regional food banks and food recovery organizations serving 50,000 local food pantries and soup kitchens. She was actively engaged in working with federal officials to formulate federal food assistance and human services policy, with an emphasis on federal policies necessary to help create a hunger free America.

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