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Resources by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Household Food Security in the United States in 2021
Reports on household food security, food expenditures, and use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs in 2021. Includes food insecurity statistics for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Discusses the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security and related mitigating nutrition programs.
Additional links: Report Summary, Statistical Supplement
Author(s): Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Matthew P. Rabbitt, Christian A. Gregory, Anita Singh
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Prevalence of Food Insecurity, 2021
Bar chart showing food insecurity by type of household. Includes data by place of residence for metropolitan and nonmetro areas. Based on December 2021 Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement data.
Date: 09/2022
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Prevalence of Very Low Food Security, 2021
Bar chart showing very low food security by type of household. Includes data by place of residence for metropolitan and nonmetro areas. Based on December 2021 Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement data.
Date: 09/2022
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Informing the White House Conference: Ambitious, Actionable Recommendations to End Hunger, Advance Nutrition, and Improve Health in the United States
Provides food security and nutrition policy recommendations on issues such as federal nutrition programs, public health and nutrition education, healthcare, research and science, business and innovation, and federal coordination. Includes data on health disparities as they relate to food access. Rural considerations throughout the report.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Task Force on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Food Systems for the Future, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Tufts University: Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, World Central Kitchen
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USDA Resource Guide for American Indians and Alaska Natives 2022
Provides an overview of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding and support programs available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities and tribal governments. Includes sections on agricultural and nutritional tools, business and community development, telecommunications and broadband, housing, and federal grant applications.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Rural Household Food Insecurity among Latino Immigrants during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Investigates impacts of COVID-19 on food insecurity among Latino immigrant families in rural areas of California. Utilizes interviews from 31 participants to examine barriers to food access including transportation, school closures, and lack of convenience. Discusses mitigation efforts related to food insecurity such as government and charitable programs.
Author(s): Denise Diaz Payán, Fabiola Perez-Lua, Sidra Goldman-Mellor, Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young
Citation: Nutrients, 14(13)
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Map the Meal Gap 2022: A Report on County and Congressional District Food Insecurity and County Food Cost in the United States in 2020
Provides information on food insecurity in the United States with a focus on how race and ethnicity impacts access to food. Includes county-level U.S. maps that show food insecurity by race and ethnicity as well as impacts for children and the overall U.S. population. Includes discussions about food insecurity in rural counties.
Additional links: Technical Appendix
Author(s): Monica Hake, Emily Engelhard, Adam Dewey, et al.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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How a Desert Town Is Growing Its Way to Better Health
Highlights the work of a community garden program to address food insecurity in Huachuca City, Arizona, by offering fresh produce to the rural desert community through partnerships with the local library and senior center. Discusses the development of the garden, how it responded to challenges related to water, and the efforts of the program to encourage healthy lifestyle through community and youth programming.
Author(s): Elizabeth Bellizzi
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Report on Health Equity, Hunger, and Nutrition in Indian Country
Reports on feedback related to food and nutrition disparities in Indian Country based on 2 listening sessions that took place in June 2022 hosted by the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) and the Native Farm Bill Coalition (NFBC). Provides recommendations such as improving food access and affordability, integrating indigenous-led nutrition education, promoting physical activity, enhancing food security research,and more.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Native American Agriculture Fund, Native Farm Bill Coalition
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Expansion of Grocery Delivery and Access for Washington SNAP Participants During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Examines grocery delivery access and 2017 food insecurity rates by county in Washington using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) data and grocery delivery data from Amazon and Walmart. Identifies food insecure areas, including rural regions of the state, and describes actions to address food insecurity.
Author(s): Shawna Beese, Ofer Amram, Acacia Corylus, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 19
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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