Two events happening this week…

Webinar: Household Food Security in the United States in 2014
Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Economic Research Service, USDA


USDA’s Economic Research Service plays a leading role in Federal research on food security and food security measurement in U.S. households and communities.

In this webinar, ERS Social Science Analyst Alisha Coleman-Jensen will provide an overview of USDA’s annual report on the prevalence and severity of food insecurity in U.S. households in 2014. The report includes changes in food insecurity from previous years, the prevalence of food insecurity by selected household characteristics, and food insecurity among children.

Food-insecure households are defined as having had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. Food-secure households are defined as having had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.



Universal Service Fund – Supporting broadband in rural places

September 10 at 3 pm CDT

In the 1930’s, the federal government chose to ensure that everyone should be able to have a telephone. The Universal Service Fund (USF) was a tool that emerged to make that happen. Now the USF is being used increasingly to fund broadband networks and users. Learn how communities and regions can collaboratively use this funding resource for network deployment and driving adoption. Learn from top federal and state officials and an expert broadband practitioner about the legal uses of the funds and new creative strategies to leverage these dollars for greater community benefit.

Webinar speakers:
•Joe Freddoso, Co-Founder and COO of Mighty River LLC, a telecommunications consulting firm.
•Jonathan Chambers, Chief of Policy and Strategy, FCC
•Mary Mehsikomer, Technology Integration Development and Outreach Facilitator, TIES
•Jennifer Nelson, MN State Librarian