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Resources by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Child Nutrition Program Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic, July 2020 through December 2021 School Meals Operations Study, Year 2 Report (Final)
Describes trends in Child Nutrition (CN) Program program participation during the COVID-19 pandemic, from July 2020 through December 2021. Builds on a previous report that presents data on the number of meals served, operational and financial challenges of state agencies and local program operators, and the use of COVID-19 Child Nutrition nationwide waivers.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): Liana Washburn, Veronica Severn, Brett Eiffes, et al.
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Vitamin D Levels and SARS-CoV-2 Infection among Medically Underserved Populations in the Minority and Rural Coronavirus Insights Study
Analyzes associations between SARS-CoV-2 infection and vitamin D status among 3187 Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) patients, with comparisons by race and other demographic factors. Discusses COVID-19 disparities among underserved populations. Includes data on SARS-CoV-2 infection and vitamin D deficiency among rural people.
Author(s): Makella S. Coudray, Shantoy Hansel, Salvatore Alesci, et al.
Citation: Viruses, 16(4), 639
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Maximizing Resources: Financial Strategies and Staffing Solutions for Non-Congregate Summer Meals
A recorded webinar that discusses the finances and staffing challenges of operating a non-congregate summer meal program. Includes an example from rural Louisiana. Transcript available below description.
Additional links: Slide Deck
Author(s): Donna Martin, Carey Sealy, Jenny Welch
Date: 04/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Breakfast Tips & Strategies for Fueling Success in Rural Districts
A recorded webinar featuring school nutrition staff who have implemented breakfast programs in rural school districts. Discusses strategies for implementation and overcoming challenges. Transcript available below description.
Additional links: Slide Deck
Author(s): Kelly Earnhardt, Nikki Hawthorne, Heidi Miles
Date: 04/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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The Cost-Efficacy of a Healthy Food Box for Managing Hypertension Within a Native American Population: A Group Randomized Controlled Trial
Evaluates the cost-efficacy of healthy food delivery and fruit and vegetable vouchers aimed at reducing hypertension in the Chickasaw Nation. Includes data on blood pressure and quality of life. Discusses the importance of food environment to cardiovascular disease reduction in rural and tribal areas.
Author(s): Austin Henderson, Robert Rosenman, Amber L. Fyfe-Johnson, et al.
Citation: Archives of Public Health, 82, 59
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Household Food Insecurity Across Race and Ethnicity in the United States, 2016–21
Provides sociodemographic data on household food insecurity in the United States from 2016 to 2021. Includes data breakdowns according to race/ethnicity, household composition, poverty, employment status, education level, geographic region, metro versus nonmetro location, and more.
Author(s): Laura J. Hales, Alisha Coleman-Jensen
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Utilizing Public Transportation to End Food Insecurity in Rural and Small Urban Areas by Providing Better Access: A Case Study of Rural Counties in North Dakota
Analyzes the impact of public transportation in addressing food insecurity in rural and urban areas of North Dakota. Provides county and ZIP-code level sociodemographic data on population changes, food insecurity, poverty, and more. Includes discussion about causes of food insecurity in rural areas.
Author(s): Dilip Mistry, Jill Hough
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
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How Community-Based Organizations Expand Access to Summer Meals through Non-Congregate Feeding
A recorded webinar that discusses how organizations collaborated to provide non-congregate meals in rural areas during the summer months. Includes information on mobile meals, grab-and-go options, bulk distributions, and take-home meals.
Additional links: Slide Deck
Date: 03/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Schools Bringing Summer Meals to Kids: Learnings & Promising Practices from Non-Congregate Feeding
A recorded webinar that provides case studies from 3 school districts who successfully operated a mobile non-congregate meal program in rural areas during the summer months.
Additional links: Slide Deck
Date: 03/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Interim Final Rule on Non-Congregate Summer Meals: What It Means for You This Summer
A recorded webinar that discusses the interim final rule (IFR) on non-congregate summer meals in rural areas. Provides information on definitions, eligibility, and allowable models and flexibilities.
Additional links: Slide Deck
Date: 03/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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