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Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Apr 10, 2019 - Provides an overview of state legislation related to food insecurity and access to healthy foods, with a focus on how states are leveraging Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Includes an example of a rural pilot in New Jersey.
Source: ASTHO Experts Blog
Apr 5, 2019 - The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) proposes changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), modifying the variety requirements for SNAP authorized retail food stores. The changes would allow retailers more flexibility in what they would need to stock to be a SNAP eligible retailer, including more "shelf-stable food" options, which could help rural locations. It also offers more plant-based protein sources and dairy alternatives for people with different dietary needs and preferences. Comments are due June 4, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 4, 2019 - Mobile food pantries are helping increase access to healthy food in rural Michigan. Food insecurity in the Upper Peninsula and Western Michigan often surpasses the regional average of 12.2%.
Source: Hillsdale Daily News
Mar 29, 2019 - With the closest grocery store 23 miles away, Sumter County Alabama worked with their extension office to create a community garden, improving access to fresh produce and bringing the community together. Other communities in the state are also building community gardens and walking trails to help reduce obesity and improve community health.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
Mar 28, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved temporary food benefits for Nebraskans impacted by recent flooding, as well as flexibility for school lunch programs.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mar 22, 2019 - In the highly rural Del Norte County, California, 16.8% of the population is food insecure, and that percentage jumps to 29.7% for households with children. The high poverty levels, low percent of farmland, and challenges of transporting food to the area contribute to this food desert.
Source: Center for Health Journalism Fellowships Blog
Mar 6, 2019 - Details a partnership between an insurance provider and Amazon to address social determinants of health for its Washington State Medicaid Apple Health members. Molina Healthcare will provide 90 days of Amazon Prime at no cost to their members to reduce barriers to healthy food and health-related supplies, which can be difficult for people to access without transportation. After a 90 day trial, members can continue at a discounted monthly rate of $5.99 per month.
Source: State of Reform

Last Updated: 4/15/2019