Skip to main content
RSS

Rural Health
News by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Rural Americans Are Now The Largest Slice Of Federal Food Aid Recipients
Oct 18, 2018 - According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, since 2012 rural areas and small towns under 2,500 people have the highest rates of participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Rates used to be higher in urban areas. Nationally, 16% of households in rural areas use SNAP versus 13% in urban areas.
Source: HPPR
view details
How Hospitals Are Reaching into Their Communities to Address the Social Determinants of Health
Oct 9, 2018 - Profiles three case studies from hospitals that have implemented programs to address food insecurity and homelessness in an effort to improve health outcomes. Includes a summary of a diabetes education and nutrition program in rural Illinois.
Source: American Hospital Association
view details
How Three Research Groups Are Tearing down the Ivory Tower
Oct 3, 2018 - Discusses community-based participatory research as a way to engage minority communities in a way that is respectful and collaborative and builds trust. Among other things, focuses on efforts in a tribal community in Oklahoma to increase access to and desire for healthier foods. Research conducted on the success of these interventions has been shaped and executed with collaboration from community members.
Source: Nature
view details
School-Wide Free Nutrition Program Attracts Fewer Rural Schools
Oct 2, 2018 - Details a study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service. This report, Characteristics of School Districts Offering Free School Meals to All Students Through the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch Program, looked at school districts participating in the USDA Community Eligibility Program, which allows schools to provide free breakfast and lunch for all of their students based on community characteristics rather than individual family applications. Despite the fact that rural families typically have more economic need, a smaller percentage of eligible school districts in rural areas participate in the program than in urban areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
view details
USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for North Carolina Disaster Areas
Sep 25, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that North Carolina residents recovering from Hurricane Florence could be eligible for the USDA's Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) to meet their food needs as they recover from the disaster. Even residents who may not normally be eligible for the regular SNAP program may quality for D-SNAP.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
view details
USDA Eases Program Rules for South Carolina SNAP Participants Impacted by Florence
Sep 20, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the waiver requested by South Carolina to extend the length of time that SNAP recipients have to report food losses and apply for replacement benefits.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
view details
USDA Provides North Carolina Children Affected by Hurricane Florence with Access to Free Meals
Sep 19, 2018 - Announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that they will provide free school meals until October 26, 2018 through their National School Lunch Program to all students affected by the hurricane in North Carolina.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
view details
Sick River: Can These California Tribes Beat Heroin and History?
Sep 4, 2018 - Discusses the struggles of several tribes in Northern California related to drug use and environmental factors impacting health, access to food, and economic stability. These issues are intertwined, with the health of the river and the desperation its pollution creates both spiritually and for people who rely on it for subsistence fishing influencing drug use. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
view details