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Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Nov 17, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service is seeking comments and burden estimates on an information collection regarding applications from retailers, wholesalers, meal service providers, certain types of group homes, shelters, and state-contracted restaurants that wish to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP). Comments are due by December 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 16, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on an information collection related to food programs supported by the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA). Comments are due by December 16, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 5, 2020 - Summarizes research that shows 87 percent of rural counties had the highest rates of overall food insecurity. Describes that rural food insecurity was improving in 2019, but the trend reversed, intensified by economic issues worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 4, 2020 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to ensure the integrity of Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits. P-EBT benefits are supplemental allotments for households with children who would have otherwise received free or reduced price school meals, but the covered child care facility is closed or has reduced attendance or hours or one or more schools in the area of the covered child care facility are closed or have reduced attendance or hours in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. This final rule is effective November 4, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 30, 2020 - The Census Bureau is seeking approval for and comments on the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Information obtained through the survey will be used to determine the relationship between income and participation in support programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and others. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 30, 2020 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) codifying a revised statutory requirement included in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill), which established new Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) certification requirements. This rule is effective October 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 30, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on information collected to determine the eligibility of households for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and to determine the correct benefit levels for eligible households. Comments are due by November 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 13, 2020 - The Department of Agriculture is seeking comments and burden estimates on an information collection to obtain information on employment patterns and characteristics of non-disabled adult SNAP participants. Comments are due by November 12, 2020.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 11/17/2020