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News by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Nov 1, 2019 - Announcement from the USDA Food and Nutrition Services correcting a date published in the August 7, 2019 Federal Register notice and establishing new reimbursement rates for Guam and the Virgin Islands to match the reimbursement rate provided to Puerto Rico. Updated rates are effective from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 18, 2019 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is re-opening and extending the comment period for a July 24, 2019 proposed rule that would have made changes to categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) based on receipt of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits. Provides additional information on the potential impacts of the proposed changes on National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program participants. Comments on the new information are now being accepted through November 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 17, 2019 - Features rural communities in North Carolina who are facing food insecurity driven by isolation and poverty and highlights the efforts of local farmers and small food banks to keep their communities fed.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia
Oct 17, 2019 - Rural West Virginia counties are losing their only grocery stores, leaving residents with limited access to healthy food. Commentary introduces solutions to food access, including opening farmer's markets and locally-owned grocery stores, funded through financial support from various organizations and initiatives.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 15, 2019 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issues statement regarding the importance of healthy lunches for school children. Discusses the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new flexible school meal guidelines, designed to increase choices in the lunchroom. Also promotes the Farm to School initiatives, which increases local food eaten in schools.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Oct 2, 2019 - Grocery stores across rural America are going out of business, leaving surrounding communities without nearby access to quality foods. Includes information on efforts to address rural food gaps, including the establishment of a food gap task force and consideration of economic incentives in New Mexico and potential government intervention in North Dakota, though there is some concern from legislators about interfering with the free market.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
Oct 2, 2019 - Highlights a Rural Health Clinic in Manchester, Kentucky and the food pantry they created for patients with limited access to food. Includes other programs around the country tackling high rates of food insecurity in their communities.
Source: Advent Health
Sep 30, 2019 - The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service is seeking public comment on a new information collection to obtain information on job characteristics and work histories of non-disabled adult SNAP participants. Comments are due by November 29, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 25, 2019 - Highlights a program that is mailing food to families in rural Texas during the summer. Led by the director of research and administration of Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative, the program plans to continue research on the affect of hunger on academic performance in children.
Source: Texas Standard