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Rural Health
News by Topic: Food security and nutrition

May 27, 2020 - Discusses the challenges rural food banks in Texas are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, including increasing demand, declining donations, and fewer volunteers. Describes how rural food banks are paying more for food due to supply chain issues, have had to hire more paid staff, and switch business models to ensure food is getting to those in need.
Source: Texas Monthly
May 26, 2020 - Discusses how small, rural grocery stores adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic to offer personalized services and provide for their customers. Describes how local grocery stores are stocked better than big box grocers because they want to make sure customers get what they need. Rural grocers take on whatever roles are necessary to stay in operation.
Source: Center for Rural Affairs
May 22, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture is requesting comments on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will help agricultural producers impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The USDA would like information about additional commodities that could be included in CFAP. Comments on additional commodities should be received by June 22, 2020 and comments pertaining to the Paperwork Reduction Act by July 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 21, 2020 - Summarizes a survey that shows how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected nutrition programs in different geographic areas and population sizes. The survey found that rural areas had the lowest percentage of meal recipients who walked up to feeding sites or participated in drive-through feeding services, but the highest rates of meals delivered.
Source: The Rural Blog
May 21, 2020 - Notice of final rule from the Secretary of Agriculture that implements the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will provide direct payments to producers of eligible commodities that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This rule includes information on eligibility requirements, payment calculations and application procedures.
Source: Federal Register
May 20, 2020 - Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, announced that households in 13 new states will be able to purchase food online with their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Secretary Perdue also announced more SNAP authorized retailers, under multiple store banners, will be accepting SNAP benefits online.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
May 19, 2020 - The Census Bureau is seeking comment on a new information collection to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment status, consumer spending, food security, housing, health, and to gauge the level of education disruptions. Comments are due by July 20, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 19, 2020 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide $16 billion in direct payments to America's farmers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; applications can be submitted beginning May 26. Additionally, USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with distributors to purchase $3 billion in produce, dairy, and meat and deliver to those in need.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
May 18, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has extended the comment period for a proposed rule that implements changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regarding work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). Comments on the proposed rule are now due June 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 15, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension of three nationwide waivers, allowing child nutrition program operators to continue to feed children while promoting social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some efforts to feed children in need include setting up drive-thru pick-up locations and delivering meals via school buses.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture