Feeding America’s New Partnership with Department of Health and Human Services Advances “Food Is Medicine” Efforts

Feeding America’s New Partnership with Department of Health and Human Services Advances “Food Is Medicine” Efforts

Strategic public-private partnership aims to expand and explore links between food insecurity and health outcomes

washington, January 31, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Feeding America has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to advance Food as Medicine efforts to ensure everyone has access to the nutritious foods and resources they need to improve their health.

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra The partnership was announced at the Department of Health’s first Food as Medicine Summit, along with similar partnerships with the Rockefeller Foundation and Instacart, as part of a federal commitment to advance a unified Food as Medicine Summit. medicines” policy and accelerate collective understanding of “food as medicine” interventions and their implementation. Influence.

“Through this partnership, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes the work Feeding America’s network of food banks do in communities across the country to help improve health through food and nutrition,” said Vince Hall, chief government relations officer for Feeding America. “This agreement will help accelerate Feeding America’s ongoing efforts to evaluate its Food is Medicine program to reduce hunger while improving nutrition and health outcomes and builds on the National Hunger, Nutrition, and Health Initiative released by the Biden Administration last year. Building on the solutions outlined in the Strategy.”

Overwhelmingly Neighbors Facing Hungry Agree on Feeding America’s ‘Food is Medicine’ Raise Voice Impact Reportrecognizes that campaigns to end hunger must be rooted in improving access to nutritious food options to meet dietary needs and help control diet-related diseases.

The HHS partnership will enhance Feeding America’s “Food is Medicine” program, launched in 2019 in partnership with the Elevance Health Foundation. The program helps health care partners screen patients for food insecurity during health care visits and connect them to health department food assistance resources. Nursing facilities. Notable results of the program include food pantries and prepackaged food pickup boxes at hospitals and clinics, new product prescription programs, nutrition classes and home delivery services.

In addition to food distribution, Food Is Medicine helps neighbors who are eligible for public benefit programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

“When we eat well, we stay healthy and we thrive,” he said. Radha Muttiya, president and CEO of the Capital Region Food Bank and current Food Is Medicine grant recipient. “But too many of our neighbors face health conditions from a lack of nutritious food that prevent them from reaching their potential. It will take people and agencies across all sectors working together to address this challenge through innovation,” Feeding America and This collaboration between HHS is an important step in this direction and will allow the Food Is Medicine movement to have greater impact at the national and local levels.”

In 2022, the Elevance Health Foundation made $14.1 million This is the largest investment in the foundation’s history to fund a new phase of Feeding America’s Food is Medicine initiative. More than 20 Feeding America partner food banks and healthcare partners are now able to implement data collection and analysis to better understand the needs of people facing hunger and provide effective solutions.

“We are encouraged by the momentum created by collaborations like this to help strengthen our communities,” said Shantanu Agrawal, MD, chief health officer at Elevance Health. “This partnership underscores the importance of all stakeholders in the healthcare system working together to support overall health. The Elevance Health Foundation is proud to partner with Feeding America to advance food as medicine. Through these efforts, we will work to reduce Health-related social needs, reducing the number of people experiencing food insecurity and creating access to nutritious foods that help manage chronic disease.”

Feeding America is partnering with the Gretchen Swanson Nutrition Center to lead a new evaluation of the Food as Medicine program, which to date has screened more than 153,000 people for food insecurity and referred nearly 30,000 people to Food as Medicine Medicines” project and provided food to more than 25,000 people.

Media contact information: Emily James, [email protected]

SOURCE American Feeding Association

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