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News by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Jan 19, 2023 - Notice from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) making corrections to the January 6, 2023 notice announcing the annual adjustments to reimbursement rates for the Summer Food Service Program for Children.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 19, 2023 - A new USDA report shows that the percentage of grocery sales from the nation's top 20 retailers more than doubled from 1990-2020, with consolidation more pronounced in rural areas. This means many rural residents must travel longer distances for groceries, or make do with pre-packaged foods from convenience stores.
Source: KCUR
Jan 11, 2023 - Announces that the USDA and National Urban League will collaborate to promote nutrition and food security, increase access to healthy foods, and ensure equitable service delivery of USDA programs in underserved communities. Moreover, this union will encourage urban agriculture as a means of increasing food production and access, making a living, and improving the environment, thereby building stronger communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jan 9, 2023 - An online survey commissioned by the Save the Children Action Network shows that rural residents believe inflation is the greatest challenge facing rural families, and 68% say children not having enough to eat is a serious problem. More than half said there are few high-quality, affordable child care opportunities and early education programs in their areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 6, 2023 - Announcement from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service of the annual adjustments to reimbursement rates for the Summer Food Service Program for Children. The rates are effective January 1, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 4, 2023 - Describes efforts of the nonprofit group Alaska Community Action on Toxins to address the accumulation of toxic chemicals in places such as Sivuqaq, a tribal community in which elements of the traditional diet of marine animals, vegetables, and birds have become contaminated by military waste and other toxicants.
Source: Environmental Factor
Jan 3, 2023 - Describes challenges faced by rural families living in areas where affordable childcare is scarce. Also examines funding and reimbursement programs for early childhood education and food security.
Source: Fortune Well
Dec 22, 2022 - Describes efforts by Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the Geisinger Medicine Institute in Danville, Pennsylvania to bring health care to people's homes. This includes virtual behavioral health appointments, remote patient monitoring, and a fresh food pharmacy program.
Source: American Medical Association
Dec 14, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comment on an information collection titled "Generic Clearance to Conduct Formative Research or Development of Nutrition Education and Promotion Materials and Related Tools and Grants for FNS Population Groups." Information gathered will be used to inform the development of nutrition education interventions for population groups that are served by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Comments are due by January 14, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 5, 2022 - Announces a new program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Agricultural Science Center of Excellence for Nutrition and Diet for Better Health (ASCEND for Better Health), which aims to support research on diet-related chronic disease in underserved communities. Offers background information on the project and notes its emphasis on studying cancer causes and prevention through diet and lifestyle changes.