One Thing Today: Bank On Your Community
More than two-thirds of Americans face at least one social challenge that affects their health — like transportation, housing or food concerns.* If you are struggling to get enough food for an active, healthy life, you’re not alone: 1 in 8 people in the U.S. experience food insecurity.**
If health care workers observe or learn about food insecurity during an in-home visit, they’ll refer people to community organizations for support. These are usually local nonprofits who rely on donations of time, items and dollars to keep their doors open. We’ll talk about how to find a food bank, pantry or shelf in your area for yourself or a loved one – and one way to give back if you can.
*Social Needs in America survey
**Feeding America & USDA, 2021
Looking for support? You’re not alone. There are many programs and services that help people find food in their communities- here are three to start:
- United Healthcare: Your Connection to Community Resources
- Food, medical care, housing, transportation and more- search by zip code
- Feeding America: Find your local food bank
- Apply for national food programs like SNAP and WIC and connect with your local food bank
- United Way 211: Finding Food
- Call 211 if you need help getting food immediately or connect with local programs including meal delivery
For more on home- and community-based care, check out the full episode.
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