Based on Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 survey, people who receive help from food banks:
Have "fair" or "poor" health
Live in a household that has at least one member with diabetes
Have unpaid medical bills
Have had to choose between buying food and paying for medicine
Not everyone can say with certainty that they will have food for their next meal. Sadly, that’s the case for the more than 200,000 Idahoans who are food insecure. The Idaho Foodbank is working in collaboration with healthcare partners to make it easier for Idahoans who are food insecure and have health issues to get the food they need to promote better health.
Partnering for a Healthier Community
Community Health Screenings
The Idaho Foodbank is now working in collaboration with healthcare partners to make it easier for Idahoans who are food insecure and have health issues to get the food they need to promote better health.
In July of 2016 the Idaho Medical Association, with sponsorship by the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, and support from the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics passed a resolution that recognizes hunger as a social determinant of health. The resolution also acknowledges The Idaho Foodbank as an important healthcare partner. Since this resolution was passed, healthcare professionals across Idaho have been encouraged to include hunger-related questions in patient screenings and offer the pantry referrals to those who need food assistance. This is an important step towards a healthier Idaho.
Screen and Refer
Participating healthcare organizations such as community clinics include food insecurity questions in their patient screening. If the need for food is indicated, the patient is referred to a local food pantry. Healthcare organizations with the physical space can provide their own food pantry on site.
Free Health Screenings
Conducted by students from the Health Sciences Department, the screenings take place at various community locations and are available to individuals at no charge. During the 2015-2016 school year, the Foodbank distributed food through its Mobile Pantry program at all 6 health screening events held by ISU.
- Basic Physical Exam/Assessment
- Depression & Alcohol Screening
- Oral/Dental Health Exam
- Nutrition Assessment & Education
- Flu Shots
- Hearing and Eye Screenings
- Testing for Blood Sugar levels, Cholesterol