Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services
Kevin W. Concannon was nominated by President Obama and Secretary Vilsack and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 2009 to serve as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services in the United States Department of Agriculture.
Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services has principal responsibilities and funding authority for Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which serves 1 in 4 Americans, and has lead responsibilities for promoting healthful diet through the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
Working in partnership with State and local organizations, FNS oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program; child nutrition programs including National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Summer Food Service Programs; The Child and Adult Care Food Program; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); the Commodity Supplemental Food Program; Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; The Emergency Food Assistance Program; and other nutrition programs.
The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion is a principal component of FNCS and is responsible for promoting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPlate, and a number of dietary and economic reports which inform Americans and national policy.
Under Secretary Concannon has had a lengthy and distinguished career in public service. Over the past twenty-five years, he has served as Director of State Health and Human Services departments in Maine, Oregon, and Iowa. He has led FNCS during the deepest economic recession in 70 years while promoting better access to anti-hunger program, implementing stronger nutrition science-based meal and food package programs in WIC and child nutrition, supported improved administration and staffing, and elevating nutrition education and job training through SNAP.
He has served in a number of national organizations, including serving as President of the American Public Welfare Association, President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, trustee of the American Public Human Services Association, and board member of the American Humane Association.
He has received a number of awards, including the Lifetime Human Services Award from the American Public Human Services Association in 2007, 2012 Catholic Charities USA Keep the Dream Alive Award, and the 2012 National WIC Association Leadership Award, and 2015 Board Award from the Congressional Hunger Center.
He is a native of Portland, Maine, a graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia with both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees. He has continued his studies at the University of Southern Maine and the University of Connecticut Graduate School of Social Work. He was awarded a Doctor of Laws Degree honoris causa by Saint Francis Xavier University in 2013.
Concannon has taught graduate courses at the University of Connecticut, Portland State University, Oregon, and the University of Iowa as Adjunct Professor of Social Work.