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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.

Prevalence of Food Insecurity, 2020
Bar chart showing food insecurity by type of household. Includes data by place of residence for metropolitan and nonmetro areas. Based on December 2020 Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement data.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Household Food Security in the United States in 2020
Reports on household food security, food expenditures, and use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs in 2020. Includes food insecurity statistics for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Discusses the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals' ability to work and their household's food security.
Additional links: Report Summary, Statistical Supplement
Author(s): Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Matthew P. Rabbitt, Christian A. Gregory, Anita Singh
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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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: 09/2021
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: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Prevalence of Very Low Food Security, 2020
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 2020 Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement data.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2019: An Annual Report
Discusses food insecurity rates among Americans age 60 or older. Includes demographics and characteristics of seniors lacking sufficient access to food, and provides trends and state-level information on food insecurity. Features data breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan settings.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): James Ziliak, Craig Gundersen
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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Super Stores' Impact on the Availability of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Approved Stores
Examines the effect of new super stores on the survival of existing traditional stores and the cost savings accruing to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries. Features statistics including SNAP redemptions and share of redemptions by store type from 1992–2017, and impact of super store entry on the number of SNAP-approved stores with breakdowns by urban and rural areas.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Michael Ollinger, Michele Ver Ploeg, Chris Dicken
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Deserted: Access to Healthy, Fresh and Affordable Foods is Elusive for Millions who Live in Rural America
Explores food insecurity in rural Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta. Describes the prevalence of food deserts in these areas and the changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program due to COVID-19.
Author(s): Jill Riepenhoff, Daniela Molina, Jamie Grey, Lee Zurik
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Investigate TV
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Hunger, Poverty, and Health During COVID-19: Spotlight: Rural Communities
Research brief exploring the impact of the pandemic on rural communities, focusing on hunger, poverty, and health. Includes statistics on weekly deaths from March-November 2020 per 100,000 people ages 20 and over, with breakdowns by 5 levels of population density.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Food Research & Action Center
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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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Last Updated: 9/15/2021