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Connell C. 2014. Procuring local foods for child nutrition programs. Alexandria, VA: U.S. Food and Nutrition Service, 116 pp.

Weinfield NS, Mills G, Borger C, Gearing M, Macaluso T, Montaquila J, Zedlewski S. 2014. Hunger in America 2014: National report. Chicago, IL: Feeding America, 161 pp., exec. summ. (24 pp.).

Annotation: This report documents the role that the charitable food assistance network plays in supporting families in the United States. Topics include collecting data about food programs and their clients, the national network of food programs, characteristics of program clients and their households, and their use of food assistance. Surveys and data tables and figures are included.

Contact: Feeding America, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601, Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Charities, Data collection, Family support programs, Financing, Food banks, Food supply, Local initiatives, National initiatives, Networking, Nutrition, Supplemental food programs

Bell J, Mora G, Hagan E, Rubin V, Karpyn A. 2013. Access to healthy foods and why it matters: A review of the research . Oakland, CA: PolicyLink; Philadelphia, PA: The Food Trust, 35 pp.

Annotation: This report provides a current picture of the state of the research on food access, examining the relationship between the “food environments” in which people live and their diets, as well as the relationship between food retailing and community economic development. Topics include measuring change over time in terms of better access to healthy food, the role poor access to healthy food contributes to poorer nutrition overall, and how new healthy food retailing contributes to community economic development in tangible, positive ways.

Contact: PolicyLink, 1438 Webster Street, Suite 303, Oakland, CA 94612, Telephone: (510) 663-2333 Fax: (510) 663-9684 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Research, Community surveys, Food, Food habits, Food supply, Low income groups, Nutrition, Public health nutrition, Racial factors, Rural environment, Socioeconomic factors

Coleman-Jensen A, Nord M, Andrews M, Carlson S. 2012. Household food security in the United States in 2011. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, 29 pp. (Economic research report no. 141)

Annotation: This report updates the national statistics on food security, household food spending, the use of federal and community food and nutrition assistance by food-insecure households, and the numbers of households using community food pantries and emergency kitchens, using data collected in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2011 food security survey.

Contact: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, 1800 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-5831, Telephone: (202) 694-5050 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Costs, Families, Federal programs, Food supply, Local programs, Low income groups, Nutrition, Statistical data, Supplemental food programs

Wight VR, Thampi K, Briggs J. 2010. Who are America's poor children? Examining food insecurity among children in the United States. New York, NY: National Center for Children in Poverty, 15 pp. (Report)

Annotation: This report focuses on food insecurity -- defined as the lack of consistent access to adequate food -- among children in the United States. Using data from the 2008 Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement, the report examines what is known about food insecurity today, why this social problem warrants attention, and what policy solutions might help families minimize the degree to which they experience this material hardship. In the first section, the authors define the concept and measurement of food insecurity and assess how the proportion of households with children who are food insecure has changed over the past decade. Next the authors examine the population of households with food insecurity among children, assessing the causes and consequences associated with this hardship. The report concludes with a discussion of public policy approaches developed to relieve food insecurity.

Contact: National Center for Children in Poverty, 215 West 125th Street, Third Floor, New York, NY 10027, Telephone: (646) 284-9600 Fax: (646) 284-9623 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: , Child health, Data, Food supply, High risk groups, Hunger, National surveys, Statistics

Trust for America's Health. 2008. A healthier America: 10 top priorities for prevention. Washington, DC: Trust for America's Health, 26 pp. (Issue report)

Annotation: This report discusses 10 priorities for improving Americans' health, including promoting disease prevention, combating obesity, preventing tobacco use and exposure, preventing and controlling infectious diseases, preparing for emergencies and bioterrorism attacks, recognizing the relationship between health and economic competitiveness, safeguarding the food supply, planning for seniors' changing health care needs, improving the health of low-income and minority communities, and reducing environmental threats. For each topic, the report discusses why it is a threat to the nation's health and what can be done about it.

Contact: Trust for America's Health, 1730 M Street, N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 223-9870 Fax: (202) 223-9871 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Communicable disease control, Disease prevention, Emergencies, Environmental exposure, Food supply, Health promotion, Low income groups, Minority groups, Obesity, Older adults, Passive smoking, Smoking, Tobacco use

U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 2007. Public health emergency response: A guide for leaders and responders. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, 120 pp.

Annotation: This guide provides background information to help leaders and first responders make informed decisions and make the best use of the resources available at a time of crisis. The guide addresses some of the public health issues facing leaders and responders. The guide is divided into self-contained sections that can be read in any order; each section begins with a list of highlights. Topics covered include (1) public health response, (2) key functions of federal government public health agencies in an emergency, (3) food security and food supply, (4) environmental safety and testing, (5) leading through communication, (6) legal and policy considerations, (7) taking care of yourself and each other, (8) conducting exercises for preparedness, and (9) post-event: leading the community toward recovery. A bibliography and an index are included. The guide includes six appendices: (1) resources list, (2) biological agents, (3) chemical agents, (4) radiation emergencies, (5) pandemic influenza, and (6) distaster supplies kit.

Contact: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201, Telephone: (202) 619-0257 Secondary Telephone: (877) 696-6775 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Communication, Communities, Disaster planning, Disasters, Emergencies, Food supply, Public health

Nord M, Bickel G. [2002]. Measuring children's food security in U.S. households, 1995-1999. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, , 35 pp. (Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report; no. 25)

Annotation: This report assesses the reliability of the children's food security scale and compares it with the household-level food security scale to determine the prevalence of hunger among children in U.S. households. Prevalence data are then presented for subgroups defined by household structure, race and ethnicity, income, and rural/urban residence. References are provided. The appendices detail the U.S. Food Security Survey Module and the implementation of the Children's Food Security Scale.

Contact: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, 1800 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-5831, Telephone: (202) 694-5050 E-mail: Web Site: $25.50, plus shipping and handling; also available from the website.

Keywords: Children, Economic factors, Ethnic factors, Food supply, Geographic factors, Hunger, Racial factors, Research methodology, Statistical analysis

Basiotis PP, Lino M. 2002. Food insufficiency and prevalence of overweight among adult women. Alexandria, VA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, 2 pp. (Nutrition insight; 26)

Annotation: This fact sheet describes a study conducted to examine the association between food insufficiency and overweight by adult women. The authors of the study used data from the 1988-94 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) and also examined women's overall diet quality as gauged by the Healthy Eating Index and its components. The fact sheet concludes with references.

Contact: U.S. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1034, Alexandria, VA 22302-1594, Telephone: (703) 305-7600 Fax: (703) 305-3300 E-mail: Web Site: Available at no charge; also available from the website.

Keywords: Data analysis, Diet, Food habits, Food supply, Obesity, Women's health

Anderson SA, ed. 1986. Guidelines for use of dietary intake data. Bethesda, MD: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Life Sciences Research Office, 89 pp.

Annotation: These guidelines were prepared at the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the interpretation of dietary data. This data are monitored by the FDA in order to ensure the safety and adequacy of the nation's food supply. The information that is monitored is from national surveys, studies, and from food availability data. This report presents general information regarding dietary data collection and statistical concerns and then addresses specific issues important in interpretation of dietary data.

Contact: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (301) 634-7000 Fax: (301) 634-7001 E-mail: Web Site: Price unknown.

Keywords: Food consumption, Food supply, Guidelines

Pan American Health Organization. 1970. Elements of a food and nutrition policy in Latin America: Report of a technical Group meeting, Washington, D.C., 19-23 May 1969. Washington, DC: World Health Organization, 27 pp.

Annotation: This publication presents a summary of the deliberations of a technical meeting sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization, together with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, devoted to establishing guidelines for formulating and implementing food and nutrition policies in the countries of Latin America. The publication is divided into the following main sections: (1) bases for a food and nutrition policy, (2) diagnosis of the food and nutrition situation, (3) establishment of recommendations and food consumption goals, (4) government measures for the selective expansion of food production, (5) consumer guidance and educational programs on nutrition, (6) systems for improving the food consumption of special groups, (7) technical and institutional aspects of the food and nutrition policy, and (8) conclusions and recommendations. A bibliography and a list of meeting participants are included.

Keywords: Food, Food consumption, Food supply, Guidelines, International health, Latin America, Nutrition, Nutrition education, Nutrition policy, Public policy


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.