Food insecurity has been identified as a factor that increases the likelihood of chronic disease among low-income people and, at the same time, prevents them from effectively managing their illnesses. Since late 2016, Second Harvest has been convening the Health & Hunger Task Force, a coalition of local nonprofit healthcare providers and nutrition and health-focused organizations. The goal of this group is to learn how Second Harvest can come alongside community healthcare organizations to measurably affect the health of vulnerable populations by using food as medicine.
One of the ways Second Harvest is incorporating the health of the community into its core work is through the development of the Healthy Pantry Network. By leveraging our large network of feeding programs, a group of pantries are participating in capacity building efforts that allow them to provide healthier foods and nutrition education for people referred from clinics, hospitals and doctors’ offices.
For more information, please contact:
Health and Hunger Director