In spite of the connection between food access, nutrition and health, the health care system and hunger relief systems have historically functioned largely apart from each other. Non-profits in hunger relief do not reach nearly all people who need food, and health care providers serve many patients who are food insecure.
According to a study commissioned by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), integration between health care and hunger relief sectors to increase food access, could add 30 – 45 million meals for food insecure patients annually.
BCG identified two main hunger issues Minnesotans face that drive health inequities in nutrition and where there may be promising approaches and potential for partnerships to address them:
Coverage gaps: where food shelf and meal program geographic coverage is relatively low.
Participation gaps: where people who are food insecure have relatively low utilization of hunger relief programs for which they are eligible, like SNAP benefits.
What is FOODRx?
FOODRx aims to connect food prescriptions and basic need services to low income patients through the MN health care system. This new project from Second Harvest Heartland, addresses the following three needs:
Alexandra De Kesel Lofthus
|FUNDING PARTNERS||HEALTHCARE PARTNERS||PARTNER AGENCIES|
|Bank of America
George Family Foundation
MN Department of Human Services
Hennepin County Medical Center
North Memorial Health Care