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Food insecurity is the most commonly reported social need in the United States. [1] In 2020 alone, 54 million people were estimated to be facing food insecurity, including 18 million children. [2] These numbers are growing. Food banks estimate that 40% of current visitors are suffering from food shortages for the first time due to COVID-19. [3]

Due to health inequalities, Black and Latino households have higher rates of food insecurity. [4] Chronic conditions are on the rise. [5] Children and young adults with food insecurity are less likely to receive preventative medical care and have higher rates of anxiety and depression. [6], [7]

It’s time for individuals and corporations to stand together to fight hunger in the United States.

Anthem, Inc. is firmly committed, long-term, to public health initiatives to reduce food insecurity across our nation. Our breadth of local and national resources uniquely positions us to address this issue. Our multi-pronged approach includes:

  • Donating $16 million in grant programs to address food insecurity
  • Mobilizing the community of 70,000+ Anthem associates to help drive meaningful change
  • Working alongside nonprofit organizations to take direct community action
  • Rewarding care providers for taking a whole-health approach that recognizes food insecurity
  • Structuring benefits to ensure food security

While there are many uncertainties during this time, food insecurity is an issue with a clear solution. That’s why Anthem is working every day to make food more accessible to our communities. Whole person health is more than healthcare, it’s well-being and security.

[1] McKinsey & Company: Insights from McKinsey’s Consumer Social Determinants of Health Survey (accessed July 2020): mckinsey.com/industries/healthcare-systems-and-services/our-insights/insights-from-the-mckinsey-2019-consumer-social-determinants-of-health-survey

[2] United States Department of Agriculture: Food Insecurity in the U.S. (accessed July 2020): ers.usda.gov/topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us/key-statistics-graphics/

[3] Feeding America: Facts about hunger in America: feedingamerica.org/take-action/hunger-action-month

[4] Northwestern Institute for Policy Research: How Much Has Food Insecurity Risen? Evidence from the Census Household Pulse Survey (accessed July 2020): ipr.northwestern.edu/documents/reports/ipr-rapid-research-reports-pulse-hh-data-10-june-2020.pdf

[5] United States Department of Agriculture: Food Insecurity, Chronic Disease, and Health Among Working-Age Adults (accessed July 2020): ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/84467/err-235.pdf

[6] Journal of Adolescent Health: Food Insecurity is Associated with Poorer Mental Health and Sleep Outcomes in Young Adults (accessed July 2020): jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(19)30419-7/fulltext

[7] Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Food Insecurity and Child Health (accessed July 2020): pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/144/4/e20190397