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Hunger to Health Collaboratory

Reducing the Health Consequences of Hunger

Hunger to Health CollaboratoryThe Hunger to Health Collaboratory (H2HC) is a group of cross-sector stakeholders committed to reducing the health consequences of hunger. We aim to build alliances with others who believe that health begins with reliable access to inexpensive, nutritious food. Together, we are contributing our organizational expertise to accelerate the impact of sustainable initiatives.

1 in 8 people in the United States is food insecure.
Nationally, the health-related cost of hunger is $160 billion.

Many families and individuals do not have reliable access to affordable healthy food, leading to preventable negative health consequences. According to a study released by The Greater Boston Food Bank and Children’s HealthWatch in 2018, the avoidable cost of hunger in Massachusetts is $2.4 billion. We can lower this cost by:

  • Screening and intervening to address food insecurity in clinical settings;
  • Reimbursing providers for screening and intervention;
  • Maintaining current funding and structure of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program;
  • Investing in further research.

H2HC supports these recommendations and accelerates social change by partnering across sectors to address the systemic injustices associated with food insecurity.


Stakeholders

Stop and Shop Babson College Boston Medical Center C&S Wholesale Grocers Children's Health Watch The Greater Boston Food Bank Health Resources in Action McKinsey & Company Museum of Science Rasky Partners


How are we making a change?
  • Accelerating Screening and Referring Efforts
  • Awareness Campaign
  • Hunger to Health Summit, November 12-13
Upcoming Events

November 12 & 13, 2019: Hunger to Health Summit & Reception, Museum of Science, Boston

To learn more, please contact Tallen Sloane, Manager, Hunger to Health Collaboratory at tsloane@gbfb.org.

Apply for our Mobilizing Health Care for a Hunger Free Massachusetts Grant:
Grant Application

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