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Resources by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Rising Food Insecurity and the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Emergency Food Assistance in Michigan
Examines the impacts of the pandemic on emergency food assistance organizations in Michigan. Analyzes 181 organizations and their corresponding directors according to race/ethnicity, sex, and rural versus urban location. Includes map of the location of emergency food programs as well as data on the characteristics of those programs, such as type of program, how the program receives funding, operating details, and more.
Author(s): Dorceta E. Taylor, Te'yah Wright, Ian Ortiz, et al.
Citation: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 11(3)
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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Food Insecurity in Southwest Virginia
Policy brief exploring the intersectionality between food insecurity and socioeconomic status as well as COVID-19 impacts in Southwest Virginia (SWVA), a primarily-rural area with the highest food insecurity and lowest socioeconomic status in Virginia. Highlights the seriousness and complexity of food insecurity in SWVA and the need for future research. Features statistics comparing food insecurity rates and median household income in Grayson County and Loudoun County, and the relationship between labor force and unemployment rate between 2016-2022.
Author(s): Sety Abooali
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia State Office of Rural Health
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Hunger and Its Solutions in New Jersey: Landscape Analysis of Current Initiatives, Recommended Action, and Emerging Opportunities for Further Investment
Discusses food insecurity in New Jersey with a focus on disadvantaged groups, such as gender and racial minorities, low-income children, veterans, older adults, those from rural areas, among others. Examines community collaboration to address hunger via multiple sectors and actors, such as agriculture, emergency food assistance programs, government, schools, healthcare institutions, and more.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Food Research & Action Center
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Differences in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation among Oklahoma Counties
Examines Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation among income-eligible residents in Oklahoma. Includes data on age, race, gender, and rurality of participants, among other factors.
Author(s): Mckenzie Carvalho, Amy Hagerman, Phil Kenkel, Dave Shideler
Citation: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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Hunger Among Adults Age 50-59 in 2020: 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: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2020: 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: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2022
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health for older adults across 62 measures using data from 21 unique data sources. Covers social and economic factors, physical environment, clinical care, behaviors, and health outcomes. Highlights health disparities, including rural-urban disparities, across five categories of health. Includes state-by-state summaries and county-level maps for risk of social isolation by state.
Additional links: Maps of Risk of Social Isolation by County
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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SNAP and Food Shopping During COVID-19
Interactive mapping tool depicting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation rates and distribution schedules at the state and county level. Includes data on national COVID-19 cases, states added to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot before and after the pandemic, and more.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
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Michigan 2022-2024 Social Determinants of Health Strategy
Provides an overview of the Michigan statewide social determinants of health (SDOH) strategy, a multi-year plan that addresses population health equity, housing, and food security. Includes information on the overall mission, strategy, and launch phase.
Additional links: Michigan's Roadmap to Healthy Communities (Full Strategy), Michigan's Roadmap to Healthy Communities (Strategy Overview)
Date: 04/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
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Consumer Food Insights
A monthly report that surveys and tracks more than 1,200 Americans to follow trends in consumer food behavior and sustainability. April 2022 issue includes rural versus urban data on Food Away From Home (FAFH) spending, food security, food satisfaction, consumer shopping and eating habits, consumer beliefs, and more, based on aggregate data from the January to April 2022 surveys.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability
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