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Resources by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Rural Non-Congregate Summer Meals in 2023: Insights from the First Year of a New Program
Discusses the implementation of the non-congregate meal program in its first year. Utilizes recorded conversations and surveys to discuss the successes and challenges of summer non-congregate meal programs in rural areas. Includes data on meal types, distribution models, definitions of rural used among program grantees, food insecurity of children and families, and more.
Additional links: Micro-Report for Sponsors, Micro-Report for State Agencies, State Agency Survey Brief
Author(s): A. Panzera, M. Kirk-Epstein, P. Pokorney, et al.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Interim Final Rule on Non-Congregate Summer Meals: Top Takeaways for Operators
Provides information on the interim final rule (IFR) regarding non-congregate summer meals, established in December 2023 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Discusses IFR highlights for food program operators, such as rural definitions, congregate service access, meal service options, approved sites, and more.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Shaping Change at USDA: Final Report: Recommendations Made to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Advance Equity for All
Report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Equity Commission to the USDA with 66 recommendations for improving equity in the department. Recommendations cover issues such as nutrition assistance, farmers and farmworkers, rural housing, rural economies, and rural development among other topics.
Author(s): Ertharin Cousin, Arturo S. Rodríguez
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Equity Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Selected Charts from Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials, 2024
Report highlights the various measures of the rural and agricultural economy. Includes rates of rural versus urban poverty and unemployment, population change in metro and nonmetro areas, and rates of food security in principal cities, suburban, and rural areas.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development 2023 Annual Report
Highlights the accomplishments of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development in 2023. Covers issues such as economic development, food systems and security, and capacity building.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
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USDA Overview of the IFR for Summer EBT and Non-Congregate Summer Meal Service in Rural Areas
Slides that provide an overview of the interim final rule (IFR) regarding the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer Program for Children (Summer EBT) and non-congregate summer meals in rural areas.
Author(s): Kevin Maskornick, Jess Saracino, Anne Fiala
Date: 01/2024
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Expanding Reach with Program Integrity - Rural, Non-Congregate Meals
Slides from a presentation discussing how to maximize rural non-congregate meal programs, with a focus on parent/guardian pick-up, meal quantity and access, and distribution models.
Author(s): Eleni Towns, Marisa Kirk-Epstein, Randa Meade, Samantha Mozdzierz
Date: 01/2024
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Lessons Learned and Promising Practices for Non-Congregate Meal Operations
Slides from a workshop focused on operating a rural non-congregate summer meal program. Discusses issues such as service models, staffing, menu, and more.
Author(s): Marissa Spady, Eleni Towns
Date: 01/2024
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Regional Variability in the Prevalence of Food Insecurity and Diet Quality among United States Children
Examines food security status (FSS), participation in the federal nutrition assistance program (FNAP), and diet quality among children in the United States. Analyzes 6,403 children aged 2 to 17 years old and discusses household food security and child food security according to rural versus urban location.
Author(s): Jayna M. Dave, Tzuan A. Chen, Alexandra N. Castro, et al.
Citation: Nutrients, 16(2), 224
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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Snapshot of Rural Health in Colorado, 2024
Provides an overview of rural health in Colorado. Includes data and statistics on a variety of indicators, such as education, poverty, rural economy, healthcare coverage and access, rural health information technology, mental health, oral health, emergency medical services (EMS) and workforce shortages. Includes five regional snapshots from around the state.
Additional links: Eastern Plains Regional Snapshot, Mountain West Regional Snapshot, Northwest Regional Snapshot, San Luis Valley Regional Snapshot, Southwest Regional Snapshot
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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