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Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Sep 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is seeking comment on an information collection related to the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Reach and Resiliency Grants. TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants are aimed at strengthening TEFAP infrastructure and expand TEFAP's reach into rural, remote, and/or low-income communities that are underserved by the program. Comments are due by September 14, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 31, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) making a technical correction to the July 16, 2021, notice concerning reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 25, 2021 - Reports on an increase to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit of, on average, $36.24 per person, per month. Notes that in 2012-2016, 16% of rural households were enrolled in SNAP, and points out the significant percentage of persistent-poverty counties that are nonmetro. Discusses SNAP's economic impacts and the importance of food security to health and nutrition.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 12, 2021 - Discusses the gap between Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and average monthly food costs in rural areas, finding that on average, SNAP benefits fell short of monthly food costs by $39.99 per person despite a temporary 15% increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Points out that in rural tourism economies, year-round residents may face higher food prices, and notes that 40% of eligible families report net zero income and therefore rely on SNAP for food security.
Source: The Daily Yonder

Last Updated: 9/16/2021