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.
In American Indicators, NPR’s Ari Shapiro examines how people are being affected by high rates of food insecurity due to the pandemic recession.
CBS News, 02-09-2021
Nearly 24 million adults in the U.S. say their families lack food to last them a week, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In Jacksonville, Florida, thousands of children are not getting enough to eat and teachers are stepping in to help them.
The Washington Post, 01-27-2021
Hunger is a hidden hardship that the pandemic has made visible, a persistent crisis that the pandemic has made worse.
Associated Press, 01-23-2021
When COVID-19 first swarmed the United States, one health insurer called some customers with a question: Do you have enough to eat?
NBC News, 01-17-2021
Prior to the pandemic, one in 10 older New Yorkers was food insecure, but now that number has soared to one in five, according to a study by FoodBank NYC.
The Hill, 01-13-2021
American families are heading into another season of hardship and uncertainty in 2021. Food can be a key part of the solution to our overlapping crises.
Association of American Medical Colleges, 01-14-2021
While data on food insecurity among medical students is sparse, researchers believe the impact is profound. The pandemic isn’t helping.
Consumer Reports, 01-06-2021
The local efforts to address food insecurity have grown during the pandemic but don’t address underlying inequities.
The Washington Post, 01-06-2021
The coronavirus pandemic unleashed cascades of suffering in 2020. People around the globe faced the threat of the virus, along with the devastating ripple effects of efforts to control its spread.