Food Insecurity and Health Care

The USDA defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food insecurity has direct and indirect impacts on both physical and mental well-being for people of all ages. 

Food insecurity can lead to: 

  • A higher risk for diet related diseases
  • Higher levels of stress, which can result in an increased risk of chronic disease
  • Difficulty managing chronic diseases
  • The need to make difficult trade-offs such as buying food or medicine

Framework of Food Scarcity
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Our Mission

  • Identify patients living in food insecure households
  • Increase awareness of and connection to food access resources, such as local pantries and other community-based organizations  
  • Create sustainable and impactful hospital-based initiatives to address food insecurity and promote healthy eating for our patients, staff, and community


To learn more about the Food Connections Program or how you can help, please contact us at or 773-878-8200, ext. 2241.