Supporting Food Sources
Access to healthy food is vital to children’s health and well-being
About 13 million U.S. children live in households that lack consistent access to adequate food.* This food insecurity, as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a daily challenge for many families. Kids who don’t have enough to eat may have a harder time at school, and they’re more likely to experience developmental delays in language and motor skills. They’re also more likely to suffer from anemia, asthma and other health problems that can send them to the hospital.
In 2017, HCSC supported organizations and programs addressing hunger and food insecurity through our Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative. We partnered with 26 food banks and other community partners that distributed more than 2 million pounds of food across our five states, benefitting more than 756,000 adults and children.
We’ve also broadened our partnerships to address nutrition education and how to grow healthy foods. We support programs like the Northern Illinois Food Bank Nutrition Education Program, which is teaching kids how to make healthy meals and snacks for themselves.
In New Mexico, we support The Community Pantry’s Growing a Greener World Project, which educates families on gardening and healthy eating.