Food insecurity impacts many people in our communities, especially seniors, college students, children, working families, and people with disabilities. Those suffering from food insecurity are not receiving the nutrients they need to live a healthy lifestyle; for people with dietary requirements, this can be even more challenging. Most individuals with health conditions that result in dietary restrictions are forced to make the choice between readily available, nonperishable food that likely will have an adverse effect on their medical condition — or to go without food entirely.
Since 2016, Abound has partnered with local healthcare providers such as UC Irvine Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and Kaiser Permanente, along with 15 family resource centers in Orange County, to implement two simple health screening questions that identify patients who are food insecure. Due to the program’s success, thousands of patients have screened ‘positive’ and been referred to local pantries, where they can access healthy food.