Paradis to administrator of Food and Nutrition Service

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — Julie Paradis has been named administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Food and Nutrition Service administers the food and nutrition assistance programs in the U.S.D.A. and seeks to provide 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," said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Ms. Paradis has 30 years of federal experience covering a range of U.S.D.A.’s nutrition assistance and agricultural programs, including domestic nutrition assistance programs, nutrition education, commodity distribution programs, meat and poultry inspection, fruit and vegetable marketing, milk marketing orders, animal welfare, and grazing fees.

Between August 2001 and October 2006, she was senior Washington counsel for America’s Second Harvest (currently known as Feeding America), the nation’s largest organization of emergency food providers. Earlier, she was with the U.S.D.A. as deputy undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services from December 1997 until January 2001. She was responsible for policy and program development for the 15 federal nutrition assistance programs, including food stamps, school meals, WIC, and commodity donations.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Paradis held various staff positions with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture beginning in March of 1989. From 1995 until the end of 1997, she was deputy democratic counsel for the House Agriculture Committee, and also has been assistant democratic counsel for the House Agriculture Committee; staff consultant to the House Agriculture Committee’s Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Subcommittee; and staff director for the Subcommittee on Domestic Marketing, Consumer Relations, and Nutrition.

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