Championing Food Access for Better Health

As the most commonly reported unmet social need, food security hits close to home, impacting every community in our nation. That’s why Anthem is leading the way to expand access to nutritious foods and improve health.

Watch the video to learn more about the link between food and health and what Anthem is doing to make nutritious food more accessible.

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Food insecurity isn’t an isolated or far-off problem—it’s close to home.

Food security is the most commonly reported unmet social need in the United States. That means people you know—your neighbors, coworkers, and friends—could be facing food insecurity. You might even be surprised to find out that your community houses food deserts where it’s difficult to buy healthy, affordable food.

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Real Simple, 11-01-2021

Food insecurity is just one widespread socioeconomic issue that has worsened throughout the pandemic. Here’s how to put your dollars towards fighting hunger in your community and beyond.

Newsweek, 11-04-2021

The demand for stocked food banks has dropped from the COVID-19 pandemic peaks but remains far above pre-pandemic levels as many Americans still rely on food banks daily, the Associated Press reported.

ThinkAnthem, 09-09-2021

September is Hunger Action Month. Anthem is committed to addressing food insecurity, the most commonly reported unmet social need in the United States. We believe that food is medicine, and consistent access to nutritious food is an essential part of maintaining health. We have long championed better access to nutritious foods in the communities we...

ThinkAnthem, 09-17-2021

Vivian Muhammad has lived in her northeast Indianapolis neighborhood for more than 40 years. Growing up she remembers grocery stores nearby and nutritious food within reach. But over the years, a lot has changed in this community, including the food landscape.

ThinkAnthem, 09-29-2021

When her neighbors are in need, LaShauna is quick to lend a helping hand. During the COVID-19 pandemic, with many residents facing food insecurity for the first time, she helped deliver donated food directly to her neighbors’ front doors.

The Hill, 09-10-2021

Study that looks at long-term survey data found that food insecure individuals were 43 percent less likely to graduate.

Medscape, 09-16-2021

Not only do healthcare workers bear the brunt of caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and have an increased likelihood of contracting the infectious disease, but nearly 7% (6.6%) of them may also face food insecurity, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs.

The Grio, 09-11-2021

One in five Latino families and one and four Black families reported being food insecure in 2020 amid the pandemic.

Forbes, 09-21-2021

During the Covid-19 shutdown in 2020, it became commonplace to see photos of lines of hundreds of cars at a time waiting to receive items from food banks. Experts feared the initial dramatic increase in need, driven by a wave of unemployment and school closures, would persist throughout the pandemic. But new data from the United States...