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Pennsylvania Governor’s Administration Expands Food Recovery Infrastructure Grants to Help the Charitable Food System

Governor Wolf’s administration is making immediate changes to the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program to help ensure food banks are adequately supplied to meet the needs of Pennsylvania residents.

Increased demand on the charitable food system related to COVID-19 has demonstrated an immediate need for resources to support additional cold storage space, and more flexibility and changes to this grant program. The changes also encourage partnerships between nonprofit organizations such as food banks and farms, processors and cooperatives that continue to experience challenges within the food supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.

Changes to the grant solicitation process include:

  • Closing the round of grant eligibility on May 8 to review applications and deliver awards as soon as possible;
  • Expanding the list of potential partners beyond retailers and wholesalers to also include farms, processors and cooperatives; and
  • Removing pre-application meeting requirements to expedite applications.

To apply, the applicant must describe its current food recovery operation and explain how the food infrastructure equipment will enhance its current program. The organization must also provide a description of the proposed program and provide what food retailers, wholesalers, farms, processors and cooperatives will be partners for the project. Additionally, the organization must provide a description of how the program will be operated by staff and or volunteers.

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 8. Learn how to apply for the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program.

Cities with the Biggest Growth in Unemployment Due to COVID-19 – WalletHub Study

With over 22 million jobs wiped out so far during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub today released its report on the Cities with the Biggest Growth in Unemployment Due to COVID-19, along with accompanying videos.

In order to identify where workers have been most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, WalletHub compared 180 cities based on how their unemployment rate has changed over time. We compared unemployment during the latest month for which we have data (March 2020) to March 2019 and January 2020 in order to see the difference from the beginning of the year and from last year. Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A.

Most Affected Cities

1. Seattle, WA 11. Reno, NV
2. Hialeah, FL 12. Dover, DE
3. North Las Vegas, NV 13. Orlando, FL
4. Miami, FL 14. Port St. Lucie, FL
5. Henderson, NV 15. Salt Lake City, UT
6. Las Vegas, NV 16. Long Beach, CA
7. Aurora, CO 17. Santa Clarita, CA
8. Denver, CO 18. Los Angeles, CA
9. Cleveland, OH 19. Chicago, IL
10. Colorado Springs, CO 20. Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Major-City Growth Slows, but That Doesn’t Mean a Rural Rebound

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Nearly 1.9 million people moved out of the central parts of major cities from 2010 to 2019. But they only got as far as the suburbs.

One of the undeniable facts of the past decade is that the nation’s biggest cities had the biggest gains in population.

But demographer Bill Frey has noticed a recent kink in the inexorable growth of the giant metropolitan areas, those with a million or more people. In a recent report for the Brookings Institution, Frey writes that “growth has diminished in recent years” in the nation’s largest cities.

“Major metropolitan areas with populations exceeding one million sustained the biggest growth slowdowns and, in several cases, population losses over the last four years, as have the urban cores within them,” Frey writes.

Does this mean there has been yet another “rural rebound,” with people fleeing cities for the countryside?

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Rural Hospitals Worry $10 Billion Infusion from CARES Act Just a ‘Band-Aid’


As financial aid for hospitals begins to be deployed across the country, some of the rural administrators worry it’s only a temporary fix, not a long term solution.

Rural Counties Account for Increasing Share of New Covid-19 Cases

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The percentage of the nation’s new Covid-19 cases that originated in rural counties more than doubled in the last month.  The infection rate in rural counties remains significantly lower than the nation’s overall infection rate. But rural hotspots, plus a gradual increase across most nonmetropolitan counties, is making rural infections a greater share of the nation’s caseload.

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Patterns of Hospital Bypass and Inpatient Care‐Seeking by Rural Residents

Analyzes state inpatient data from 2014-2016 across 16 states to determine how inpatient hospital bypass behavior – rural residents utilizing a hospital other than their local hospital – is motivated by patient and hospital characteristics. Compares hospital characteristics, including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), by rural bypass level and compares patient demographics by rural bypass status.

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