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Abound Food Care helps companies channel excess edible food to people, with the goal of making healthy food accessible to all. We work with hospitals, medical centers, and community resource centers to raise awareness about food insecurity and help families get access to the healthy food they need to live happy, active, and vibrant lives.

Food Insecurity is on the Rise

  • Food insecurity has a new face – many patients are dealing with food insecurity for the first time and don’t know where to find resources to help feed themselves or their families.
  • Prior to COVID-19, there were 35 million people in America, including 11 million children, who lived in food insecure households. Food insecurity is projected to increase in 2021 by 15.6% to 50.4 million due to newly vulnerable people who are experiencing unemployment and other devastating effects due to COVID-19.
  • Food insecurity is estimated to cost the healthcare system $53 billion annually.

Food security and access to nutritious food is a major social determinant of health. Since food is the most fundamental need for survival, the ability to access healthy food impacts other social determinants, such as education, housing, income and employment, and healthcare. Further, reducing food waste and lessening the impact on landfills helps to improve another social determinant – environmental quality.

Adults and children who are food insecure are:

  • 2-3x more likely to have anemia
  • 1.4-2.6x more likely to have asthma
  • 2x more likely of being in fair or poor health
  • Children are more likely to have an Adverse Childhood Experience – a traumatic event in a person’s life occurring before the age of 18 that the person remembers as an adult.

We’re Here to Help You Deliver Total Patient Health

We know that your patients’ health is your top priority. When patients eat well, they get the nutrients and strength they need. They heal quicker, which can help prevent against future medical ailments or complications. We work with healthcare organizations to identify patients suffering from food insecurity. In cases where a patient is diagnosed as food insecure, we help to refer patients to local pantries to get access to healthy food.

Abound offers healthcare solutions that can be implemented into any hospital, urgent care facility, or community resource center – where patients go to receive the medical attention and health assessment they need.

  • Food Insecurity Screening Program – tool to identify patients who are food insecure
    • Two simple screening questions are asked by the healthcare professional in the privacy of an exam room to determine whether the patient is food insecure. 
    • If the patient identifies as food insecure, action tools help direct them to a nearby pantry:
      • Interactive pantry map – Provides detail on local food pantries including hours of operation, location, refrigeration capacity, and eligibility requirements. 
      • Brochure and resource flyer – If requested, Abound can provide you with an informational brochure for your patients, including a list of food pantries in your area.
  • Medically Tailored Meal Program – personalized meals that comply with doctor prescribed food plans 
    • As part of a comprehensive care plan, we can work with case workers to identify nonprofit feeding agencies with a menu of nutritious food.
    • Medically tailored meals are a personalized, holistic approach to wellness and nutrition. Access to healthy, ready-to-heat-and-eat food that fits medically directed dietary requirements (such as gluten-free, sugar-free, low-sodium, and heart-healthy) result in improved patient health and a reduction in the cost of treating chronic ailments generally associated with food insecurity.
    • How it works:
      1. Identify food insecure patients, their dietary restrictions, and area they live.
      2. Abound will provide medically tailored meals that fit the patient’s requirements.
      3. Meals can be made available at a local pantry for patient pick up or delivered to their home.

Learn more about the Medically Tailored Meal Program.

The Benefits of Partnering with Abound

Together, we can help alleviate the burden and adverse effects of food insecurity in our community. Let’s work to promote access to nutritious food and better health by providing patients with the resources and tools to take action.

  • Reduce Hunger and Food Waste. Recovered food is used for the preparation of delicious, nutritious meals, rather than being sent to landfills.
  • Food Equality. Patients have convenient access to healthy, medically tailored food.
  • Better Health Outcomes. Improves patients’ total health and reduces healthcare costs associated with food insecurity.

To learn more about Abound’s healthcare solutions or to access pantry resources, please fill out this form and our team will contact you.