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Resources by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Using Community-based Participatory Research to Develop Healthy Retail Strategies in Native American-owned Convenience Stores: The THRIVE Study
Highlights a study on the Tribal Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) retail intervention that implements healthy food options in convenience stores in Native American communities. Details a the results of a participant survey about the perceived food environment in their communities and describes the implementation strategies, as well as the foods offered by the intervention.
Author(s): Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Mary Williams, Marianna Wetherill, et al.
Citation: Preventive Medicine Reports, 11, 148-153
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Summer Meals: Improvements Needed to Address Participation Estimates and Program Challenges
Testimony before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, U.S. House of Representatives, summarizing the May 2018 Government Accountability Office report on summer meals. Addresses what is known about Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) participation, other summer programs that feed low-income children, challenges in providing rural children with summer meals, and the extent to which the USDA provides assistance.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Kathryn A. Larin
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Summer Meals: Actions Needed to Improve Participation Estimates and Address Program Challenges
Examines what is known about Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) participation, other summer programs that feed low-income children, challenges in providing rural children with summer meals, and the extent to which the USDA provides assistance. Includes maps of area eligibility and meal sites in selected states.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Map the Meal Gap 2018: A Report on County and Congressional District Food Insecurity and County Food Cost in the United States in 2016
Reports on county-level food insecurity and food price variation in 2016. Includes rural and regional demographics of food insecurity and child food insecurity rates by state.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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The State of Senior Hunger in America 2016
Documents the rate of food insecurity among U.S. residents age 60 and over. Features demographics and characteristics of the senior population lacking access to sufficient food and shows state-level variation in food insecurity. Includes statistics with breakdowns by metro and nonmetro locations.
Additional links: Infographic
Author(s): James P. Ziliak, Craig Gundersen
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Feeding America, National Foundation to End Senior Hunger
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Rural Hunger in America: Summer Meals
Describes how Summer Nutrition Programs reduce food insecurity for low-income children in rural areas and offers strategies that can help rural communities overcome barriers to participation in these programs.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Food Research & Action Center
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Rural Hunger in America: Afterschool Meals
Fact sheet describing the benefits of Afterschool Nutrition Programs, and offering suggestions for strategies to help rural communities overcome barriers to participating in these programs.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Food Research & Action Center
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Thinking Big: Innovative Approaches to Food Access in Rural Communities
Slides presented at the 2018 Rural Health Economic Development Nexus Workshop describing food deserts and food security, the impact that access to healthy foods has on health, and chronic disease and social disparities in rural areas.
Author(s): Amanda Corbett
Date: 04/2018
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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The Association Between Nutrition Information Use and the Healthfulness of Food Acquisitions
Results of a study examining the effectiveness of federal nutrition information and education efforts, using data from the USDA's 2012-13 National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS). Features demographic statistics including percentage of FoodAPS respondents in rural areas, and the percentage of these rural respondents who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Author(s): Eliana Zeballos, Tobenna D. Anekwe
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Rural Hunger in America: School Breakfast
Describes benefits of the School Breakfast Program for low-income students in rural communities and lists strategies to increase participation.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Food Research & Action Center
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