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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Rural Health and COVID-19
Information to help hospital and health system emergency planners and state and local public health emergency planners understand the challenges rural communities face related to COVID-19. Addresses issues facing healthcare facilities and those related to at-risk residents. Includes proposed solutions and mitigation steps.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Impact of COVID-19 on School Nutrition Programs: Part 2
Uses survey responses to discuss impacts of COVID-19 closures on school nutrition programs and identify current methods used to provide students with food while social distancing. Provides data breakdowns on the provision of emergency meal assistance, financial impacts, and other related information by geographic location, including large cities, suburbs near large cities, small cities or towns, and rural areas. Includes a ranked list of concerns, comparing responses from March 2020 and May 2020.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: School Nutrition Association
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Hunger Among Adults Age 50-59 in 2018: An Annual Report
Reports on the extent, distribution, and trends of food insecurity among U.S. residents ages 50-59. Features state-level estimates and data breakdowns on food insecurity by income, race/ethnicity, metropolitan versus nonmetropolitan location, gender, and more.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Craig Gundersen, James Ziliak
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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The State of Senior Hunger in America 2018: An Annual Report
Discusses food insecurity rates among Americans age 60 or older. Includes demographics and characteristics of seniors lacking sufficient access to food, and provides trends and state-level information on food insecurity. Features data breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan settings.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): James Ziliak, Craig Gundersen
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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Older Americans Act: Nutrition Services Program
Provides an overview of the Nutrition Services Program authorized under the Older Americans Act. Describes the administration of the Nutrition Services Program, its funding, service delivery, program participation, and program evaluation. Includes brief rural references throughout.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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USDA Food and Nutrition Service - FNS Response to COVID-19
Offers links for resources related to child nutrition programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and USDA food programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Childhood Obesity Resources Related to COVID-19
Provides a collection of resources to help prevent childhood weight gain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to fact sheets and programs for parents and teachers, nutrition guidance for practitioners, and modules and webinars for graduate students and faculty engaging in virtual learning and teaching.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research
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Food Insecurity Among Children Most Prevalent Among Single-Mother Households and Low-Income Households in 2018
Bar chart showing food insecurity among children by household characteristics, including metropolitan and nonmetro area of residence.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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The High Obesity Program: Overview of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cooperative Extension Services Efforts to Address Obesity
Describes the implementation of the High Obesity Program, a program designed to expand access to healthy foods, increase opportunities for physical activity, and reduce obesity and related diseases in high-risk and predominantly rural communities. Efforts were supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Cooperative Extension Service (CES).
Author(s): Ashleigh Murriel, Sahra Kahin, Anu Pejavara, Terrence O'Toole
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
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Rapid Health Impact Assessment on USDA Proposed Changes to School Nutrition Standards
Highlights a study on the health implications of proposed changes to the United States Department of Agriculture's nutrition guidelines for school lunches. Compares changes to current guidelines and highlights the impact the changes would have for students of color and students in rural communities.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Healthy Eating Research, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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