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Resources by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Support for Healthy Eating and Active Living in Rural Communities: Insights from a National Survey of Local Governments
Analyzes local government policies that support wellness, healthy eating, and physical activity in metro versus nonmetro areas. Utilizes Community Based Survey of Supports for Healthy Eating and Active Living (CBS HEAL) data to compare government structures, master plans, built environment policies, transit options, supportive food access policies, and more.
Author(s): Adee Athiyaman
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
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School Meals and Other Child Nutrition Programs: Background and Funding
Provides an overview of federal child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), among others. Includes information on reimbursement rates for rural SFSP meal sites, as well as brief mentions of rural and tribal demonstration programs.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Healthy Families Produce Rx Program Project Micro Report: Community Feedback
Discusses the Healthy Families Produce Rx (HFPRx) program which provides families in rural Louisiana impacted by food insecurity with funds to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Aetna Better Health of Louisiana, LSU Ag Center, No Kid Hungry, Vouchers 4 Veggies
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Feeding Burke County: A Behind the Scenes Look At Burke County School District's Non-Congregate Summer Food Service Program
Describes how the rural Burke County School District in California provided non-congregate meals across the county in the summer of 2023. Provides details on set-up, staffing, meal storage, meal delivery, planning, and more.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Rural Adults' Perceptions of Nutrition Recommendations for Cancer Prevention: Contradictory and Conflicting Messages
Explores perceptions of web-based nutrition recommendations for colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention, utilizing interview data from 48 rural men and women aged 50 to 73 who participated in a CRC prevention intervention. Identifies challenges related to contradictory recommendations, cultural and dietary preferences, and information gaps. Includes discussion of factors promoting CRC screening.
Author(s): Melissa J. Vilaro, Emma Bryan, Te Palani, et al.
Citation: Preventive Oncology and Epidemiology, 1, 2237680
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
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Cultivating Education and Rural Communities - Exploring the Intersection of HBCUs and Food Insecurity
A recorded webinar that discusses the relationship between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and service to the community. Focuses on the history of food insecurity issues in rural areas with a HBCU. Transcript available below description.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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The Value Chains Linking Together Rural Food Access
A recorded webinar that discusses innovative ways to improve food security in rural areas by linking services and organizations working toward a similar goal. Includes case studies from housing and healthcare collaborators who designed a mobile grocery store as well as an agricultural/environmental nonprofit who collaborated with local farmers and healthcare providers to create a produce prescription (PRx) program.
Additional links: Slide Deck
Date: 11/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Building Resilience through Disaster Relief and Recovery
Describes the impact of climate events on rural populations and community infrastructure. Provides strategies for localized disaster response and recovery solutions by utilizing partnerships, building resilience, and improving food access. Transcript available below description.
Additional links: Slide Deck
Author(s): Jonathan Sury, Nick Wiersma, Pam Chatman
Date: 11/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Data Insights that Center Rural Community Voices
A recorded webinar that discusses research, survey data, and pilot projects focused on rural food access. Provides feedback on design implementation and the importance of rural perspectives when planning food programs. Transcript available below the video description.
Additional links: Slide Deck
Author(s): Carmen Byker-Shanks, Anthony Panzera, Jillian Papa, Karen Wong
Date: 11/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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See Me, Hear Me, Know Me: Perspectives on Diet and Physical Activity Influences among Teens Living in Rural Texas Communities
Surveyed 40 pairs of rural Texas parents and teens to understand how teens perceive living in a rural community impacts diet and exercise choices. Discusses the role of the family, nutrition at home, access to healthy foods, and more.
Author(s): Debbe Thompson, Julie Miranda, Chishinga Callender, et al
Citation: Nutrients, 15(21), 4695
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
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