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Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Oct 18, 2019 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is re-opening and extending the comment period for a July 24, 2019 proposed rule that would have made changes to categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) based on receipt of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits. Provides additional information on the potential impacts of the proposed changes on National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program participants. Comments on the new information are now being accepted through November 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 2, 2019 - Grocery stores across rural America are going out of business, leaving surrounding communities without nearby access to quality foods. Includes information on efforts to address rural food gaps, including the establishment of a food gap task force and consideration of economic incentives in New Mexico and potential government intervention in North Dakota, though there is some concern from legislators about interfering with the free market.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
Sep 30, 2019 - The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service is seeking public comment on a new information collection to obtain information on job characteristics and work histories of non-disabled adult SNAP participants. Comments are due by November 29, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 25, 2019 - Highlights a program that is mailing food to families in rural Texas during the summer. Led by the director of research and administration of Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative, the program plans to continue research on the affect of hunger on academic performance in children.
Source: Texas Standard
Sep 3, 2019 - A recent study published in Health Affairs examined whether offering discounts on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables increased buyer behavior for rural low-income populations in Maine.
Source: HealthLeaders Media

Last Updated: 10/18/2019