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Jana Martin

The Health Effects of Food Insecurity

Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation’s largest food banks, leads through innovation, finding efficient, effective solutions to connect the full resources of our community with our neighbors experiencing hunger. This work has become even more important in the face of COVID-19, as households across Minnesota face job loss, dramatically reduced incomes, increased health risks and barriers preventing consistent access to nutritious food. One way Second Harvest Heartland works to overcome these challenges is by partnering with hospitals and health systems to ensure that their patients and communities have access to vital food resources, grounded in the idea that “It’s hard to be healthy if you’re hungry.” This program, known as FOODRx, is a simple, cost-effective way to directly connect patients to the nutritious food and education needed to improve their health.