It takes more than food to solve hunger. We’re working with health care institutions to address health disparities and food insecurity in our region’s most in-need communities.
Good food means good health
Having access to healthy food throughout your life makes all the difference. With enough healthy food, pregnant women have fewer birth complications, school-age children have better focus in school, working-age adults are absent from work less often, and seniors lessen their risk for negative health conditions. By contrast, people who experience food insecurity have a higher risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma. By integrating food directly into healthcare settings, and working with our partners, we’re able to promote disease prevention, aid disease management, and bring good, healthy meals to families and seniors.
How we plan to help
Healthy RX program
We partner with clinicians and medical staff in at-risk areas. Medical staff screen patients for food insecurity, diagnose any other medical conditions, and write prescriptions for healthy food (and medication, if needed) that can help diet-related diseases. The patient can take the prescriptions to participating food pantries and grocery stores to get the foods that have a nutritional profile matching their medical needs.
The program is designed to:
- Decrease the number of doctors visits
- Increase access to the right type of food for an at-risk population
- Lower unhealthy BMIs and blood sugar levels
Healthy moms, healthy babies
In communities where there are high rates of birth complications, low birth weights, and elevated infant and maternal mortality rates, we’re partnering with healthcare providers to give new mothers groceries at their prenatal visits. New moms will also receive groceries during perinatal visits for the first three months of their baby’s life. Research shows that children with a strong nutritional start have improved health and other outcomes throughout their lives. With the help of our partners, we can make a significant impact on the health of parents and children.
Help for stroke patients
People who have experienced a stroke are often homebound and cannot access the food they need to both heal and stay healthy. Our Food+ Health program for stroke patients home-delivers groceries that are tailored to a patient’s dietary needs. Through nutritious food and quality healthcare from our partners, this pilot is designed to help participants decrease blood pressure, reduce their number of doctor visits, and improve overall health.
It takes more than food
The Capital Area Food Bank is launching multiple Food+ programs to help find solutions for hunger by addressing its root causes. If your organization offers services to people in need or would like to help make these programs possible, please get in contact with Susan Topping at email@example.com.