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Rural Health
News by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Oct 15, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comment on a revision to an information collection for the School Meals Operations Study: State Agency COVID-19 Child Nutrition Waivers Evaluation. The data collected from this study will be used to assess meal service levels to determine coverage within and across states, look for patterns and trends across site types, and assess how the waivers were used and how they improved services to children. Comments are due by November 15, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 11, 2021 - Reports on the lack of access to food, particularly healthy, fresh produce, in rural Western Kansas. Focuses on the economic impacts of grocery stores in rural communities and the challenges facing those communities as residents drive long distances to shop at larger stores. Highlights the loss of food access as rural grocery stores lose business, which affects rural elders and people living with disabilities who may not be able to easily travel for groceries.
Source: JC Post
Sep 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is seeking comment on an information collection related to the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Reach and Resiliency Grants. TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants are aimed at strengthening TEFAP infrastructure and expand TEFAP's reach into rural, remote, and/or low-income communities that are underserved by the program. Comments are due by September 14, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 10, 2021 - Reports on partnerships between Georgia farmers and rural hospitals and nursing homes through the Georgia Rural Hospital Food Collaborative to supply facilities with fresh fruits and vegetables while reducing impacts of supply chain disruptions on farmers. Discusses a similar partnership between hospitals and a Georgia textile manufacturer that provides medical scrubs at no cost.
Source: The Current
Sep 3, 2021 - The Census Bureau is seeking comments on a proposed revision to the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey. The proposed changes are limited to questions on stimulus payments, free and reduced-price school lunch, pandemic school meals, and advanced child tax credit payments. Comments are due by November 2, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 31, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) making a technical correction to the July 16, 2021, notice concerning reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 31, 2021 - Reports on declining life expectancy in rural areas that also saw losses of manufacturing jobs, focusing on a rural North Carolina community. Discusses trends in deaths of despair, the connection between health and education level, and limited access to healthy foods.
Source: WFAE 90.7