Addressing food insecurity
Anthem understands that the food we eat, and our access to healthy food, significantly impacts health. That is why we are championing change in food-insecure communities and making sure nutrition is an important part of how we think about and achieve health.
Among all social barriers, food insecurity is the most pervasive, affecting one in nine Americans. Research indicates that poor nutrition, often a result of food insecurity, is a leading risk factor for many chronic conditions, including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and other diet-related diseases. And food insecurity is reported to cost the healthcare system an additional $53 billion a year.
For decades, Anthem and the Anthem Foundation have been supporting national and local organizations that are dedicated to addressing the many aspects of food insecurity – including access to healthy food, basic education about nutrition, and assistance with food preparation. We’ve done this by offering financial support and by rolling up our sleeves and getting involved in community-based initiatives across the country.
2019 Anthem Volunteer Days – Helping individuals and families access nutritious food:
volunteers participated in 160 projects across 24 states
meals were packed, served or distributed
“A lot of things contribute to poor nutrition, but access is a key issue,” says Brian Lang, Director, Healthy Food Access Programs at The Food Trust. “With Anthem’s support, we’re working hard to tackle healthy food access from all sides – helping small retailers stock and sell healthy foods, increasing consumers’ purchasing power through nutrition incentives, and creating connections between communities and healthcare providers – to meet people where they are and ensure that no one has to choose between eating healthy and eating enough.”