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.
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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Yet an estimated 54 million Americans will face food insecurity this year. That’s why we have made a company-wide commitment to combat food insecurity. Read the infographic to see how we, alongside our 70,000+ dedicated Anthem associates, are working to make nutritious food more accessible in the communities we serve.
Food insecurity is the most commonly reported unmet social need in the United States. 40 percent of households report moderate to high levels of food insecurity and its only gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that 2 out of 5 food bank visitors in the last year are people experiencing food insecurity...
Food insecurity is one of many social drivers of health, impacting over 42 million people across the nation, including more than 13 million children. Individuals living in food-insecure households are at an increased risk for chronic health conditions including hypertension, coronary heart disease and kidney disease, and to this affect, has been linked to over...
While grocery stores remained open as an essential business and thrived financially throughout the pandemic, this prosperity did not translate to a consistent and sufficient food supply for many customers. Researchers have found that, on average, people went to the grocery store less frequently and spent more per trip during the pandemic.
NBC News, 06-23-2021
Almost 90 percent of people receiving SNAP — the federal food assistance program formerly known as food stamps — are struggling to access healthy food, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study released Wednesday.
Inside Indiana Business , 06-30-2021
Local Initiatives Support Corp. Indianapolis and Anthem Foundation have selected the Northeast Corridor in Indy to be the focal point of a three-year, $2.5 million program to improve nutritious food access. The organizations say the effort will help build a more equitable food system.
The Hill, 07-21-2021
According to a survey of 18- to 29-year-olds from 2020, many who are disproportionately affected are those who live with children or identify as Black, Indigenous or as a person of color.
The Hill, 07-17-2021
During the pandemic, many households experienced food insecurity due to closures and job losses. This can lead to mental health concerns like anxiety and depression symptoms. But a new analysis of survey data suggests that people who are food insecure may not be getting access to the services that they need.
The Washington Post, 06-11-2021
You’ve probably heard the phrase “food security” to describe consistent access to food. But many health professionals and policymakers think it’s an inadequate term. Instead, they say, we should be focused on “nutrition security.” That term emphasizes access, availability and affordability of foods that promote well-being and prevent or treat disease, not just foods that...
The Counter, 06-08-2021
Food banks and pantries saw a surge of need during the pandemic. To keep helping effectively, they’ll have to address systemic shortfalls.