What is Food Is Medicine - Screen and Intervene?

The Food Is Medicine Program is a partnership between the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force and the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho aimed at addressing the needs of food insecure individuals and families in Idaho. We have implemented a simple, nationally validated, two question food insecurity screening to identify which patients may need additional resources, and a referral process to connect patients with local resources.

Food Insecurity – What is it?

In Idaho in 2016, about 1 in 8 people experienced food insecurity.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture, food insecurity is "a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food."

Why is it important?

In adults, food insecurity greatly increases the risk of chronic, costly and preventable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic heart disease, stroke, cancer, and kidney disease.  In children, food insecurity puts children at risk developmentally and is associated with negative psychosocial and academic outcomes.  Food insecurity is often well hidden, and many of those affected may not know of the resources available to them. 



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Farm to Clinic

Prescription for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables through Community Supported Agriculture

In 2017, we piloted a Farm to Clinic program that connected two families to local, healthy, and seasonal produce from our local farm partner, Peaceful Belly Farm. Please see the links below for more information about this program!

Please email info@idahohunger.org if you would like more information about resources, or how to use this model in your own practice. 



Household Food Security in the United States in 2016, United States Department of Agriculture. https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/90023/err-256.pdf?v=0

Food Insecurity, Chronic Disease, and Health Among Working-Age Adults, United States Department of Agriculture. https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/84467/err-235_summary.pdf?v=42942

Rose-Jacobs R, Black MM, Casey PH, Cook JT, Cutts DB, Chilton M, Heeren T, Levenson SM, Meyers AF, Frank DA. Household food insecurity: associations with at-risk infant and toddler development. Pediatrics. 2008; 121: 65-72.

Alaimo K, Olson CM, Frongillo EA. Food insufficiency and American school-aged children’s cognitive, academic and psychosocial development. Pediatrics. 2001; 108(1): 44-53.