What is Food is Medicine - Screen and Intervene Idaho?

Why Screen Patients for Food Insecurity and Intervene?

About 1 in 9 Families in Idaho are Food Insecure

15.9% of Idaho children and their families are food insecure, which increases health risks and also developmental and emotional problems in children at school.
Food insecurity
 significantly increases the risk for adult chronic disease, including obesity
Many people are not aware of resources available for them.
Food insecurity happens to all types of people and may be well hidden.
Screening for food insecurity can help identify possible health issues that might be misdiagnosed or interpreted incorrectly.

Addressing Food Security: A Toolkit For Pediatricians

The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force has partnered with The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho to implement a simple, nationally validated, two question food insecurity screening which helps doctors know which patients may need additional resources for themselves or their family. This pilot has reached over 208 households throughout the Ada County, Nampa and Caldwell area! 
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 Farms. Please see the links below for more information about this program!


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Farm To Clinic

Prescription for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables through Community Supported Agriculture

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