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Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food.

SNAP and Food Shopping During COVID-19
Interactive mapping tool depicting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation rates and distribution schedules at the state and county level. Includes data on national COVID-19 cases, states added to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot before and after the pandemic, and more.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
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USDA Food and Nutrition Service - FNS Response to COVID-19
Offers links for resources related to child nutrition programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and USDA food programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2019
Presents an overview of the SNAP Program eligibility requirements and benefit levels. Provides detailed tables showing comparisons in rural-urban areas. Coverage includes October 2018 through September 2019.
Additional links: Summary
Author(s): Kathryn Cronquist
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility and Access
Interactive maps exploring Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility and utilization. Compares county-level statistics to state-level data. Provides county-level estimates of participants and non-participants by age, race/ethnicity, presence and age of children, health insurance coverage, and veteran status.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Lakewood Engage Tackles Food Insecurity in Rural Minnesota
Features a community-based program in rural Minnesota that addresses food insecurity through multiple initiatives, including distribution of fresh produce through a food "prescription" program, home delivery of meals to post-acute care patients and those in COVID-19 quarantine, and a farmers market.
Author(s): Kathryn Rutz
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Providing Menu and Shopping Toolkits to Improve Food Access and Security During a Pandemic
Describes menu and shopping list toolkits created by the University of Minnesota Extension to help consumers, rural grocery stores, and emergency food supply organizations achieve increased access to healthy food during emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, blizzards, or other situations in which people must shelter at home. Menus contain items commonly found in food pantries and small rural grocery stores.
Author(s): Kelly Kunkel, Abby Gold, Betsy Johnson
Citation: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1), 1-4
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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Household Food Security in the United States in 2019
Reports on household food security, food expenditures, and use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs in 2019. Includes food insecurity statistics for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Additional links: Report Summary, Statistical Supplement
Author(s): Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Matthew P. Rabbitt, Christian A. Gregory, Anita Singh
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Prevalence of Very Low Food Security, 2019
Bar chart showing very low food security by type of household. Includes data by place of residence for metropolitan and nonmetro areas. Based on December 2019 Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement data.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Prevalence of Food Insecurity, 2019
Bar chart showing food insecurity by type of household. Includes data by place of residence for metropolitan and nonmetro areas. Based on December 2019 Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement data.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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The Complexities of Selling Fruits and Vegetables in Remote Navajo Nation Retail Outlets: Perspectives from Owners and Managers of Small Stores
Highlights an examination of access to fruit and vegetables in small rural stores across the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Details a survey of several small stores scattered throughout the Navajo Nation and discusses the food options in these rural stores.
Author(s): Emily M. Piltch, Sonya S. Shin, Robert F. Houser, Timothy Griffin
Citation: Public Health Nutrition, 23(9), 1638-1646
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Last Updated: 6/23/2021