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News by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Apr 23, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is providing an additional $37 million to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) to increase food assistance to low-income seniors. Funding provided by the American Rescue Plan will go to states and tribal nations to help fight food insecurity among seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Apr 21, 2021 - Discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those with eating disorders. Experts in West Virginia describe factors that can lead to the development of eating disorders, including limited access to affordable food – an issue persistent in rural America.
Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Apr 20, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued flexibilities to allow school meal programs and childcare institutions to safely reopen and provide free healthy meals to children as the pandemic continues. Meal service flexibilities that enable social distancing are extended through June 30, 2022.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mar 25, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) seeking comments on the reinstatement of an information collection, with change, regarding the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). FNS will use this information collection to obtain account and record information from State and service institutions necessary to effectively manage the CACFP and ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. Comments are due by May 24, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 22, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) on June 9-10, 2021. The CPSTF is charged with identifying community preventive programs, services, and policies that increase healthy longevity and improve quality of life while saving money. Agenda items include deliberation on systematic reviews of the literature on HIV prevention; heart disease and stroke prevention; and nutrition, physical activity, and obesity.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 9, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension of several waivers that allow all children to receive nutritious meals when schools are out of session through September 20, 2021. The extension will continue to provide relief to many children in families who have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture