An estimated 54 million Americans may face food insecurity – the lack of consistent access to nutritious food – in 2020. Reducing food insecurity means reducing chronic health issues, lowering healthcare costs, easing strains on the healthcare system, and improving quality of life in the communities we serve. Anthem is taking a multi-faceted approach to address food insecurity, using our scale and scope to drive meaningful change.
Our associates understand how the pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity and have committed themselves to combating this issue in their local communities in a variety of ways.
Anthem and the Anthem Foundation recently pledged a combined $50 million over the next five years to address health inequities and social injustice.
Addressing whole health needs, like food insecurity, is an important part of our mission to improve lives. We understand the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 public health crisis, and are working with compassion, humanity and care to respond.
Research and innovation happening across the healthcare system is one way we grow our understanding of how we can meet the needs of consumers, and we are always monitoring and evaluating how the latest trends in healthcare impact our work.
For Anthem and the Anthem Foundation, our commitment to improving and expanding access to sufficient, affordable and nutritious food options for communities continues on World Food Day, during Anthem Volunteer Days and beyond.
By better understanding how consumers view social determinants and their role in their health, payers and providers can identify opportunities to address gaps in care and engage more effectively with members and individuals.