Hunger costs our nation $167.5 billion a year. There are strong associations between food insecurity and medical consequences. For low-income patients with diabetes, the risk of hospitalization increases 27% during the last week of the month vs. the first week of the month. For more information on the impact of food insecurity on health, click here.
Poverty and food insecurity have serious consequences for health – today and tomorrow. Trusted professionals, like medical providers, can play a critical role in connecting eligible, low-income patients with food and nutrition services and other benefits that can help move them towards food security and possible reduction in chronic illnesses such as diabetes.
Why Screen Patients for Food Insecurity and Intervene?
BVFB’s Screen & Intervene Program trains medical professionals to identify patients who may be struggling with hunger through a two-question screening as part of their normal intake process. If a patient screens positive, they are offered a 30-lb food box and given referrals to available resources in the community. Healthcare providers can also enroll patients with chronic conditions in the food prescription project, connecting them to medically tailored foods each month.
Ways To Get Involved
In order to supply clinics with chronic condition-friendly food, the food first needs to be packed into boxes. Click on “Volunteer” to learn more about how you can help the Screen and Intervene program through volunteering.
If your clinic is interested in more information about Screen and Intervene, click here.