Come to the Table Regional Summits Kick Off in Chicago

May 1, 2014

Danielle Haddy, Manager of Membership Engagement and Partnerships, Alliance to End Hunger

On Wednesday, May 14, the Alliance to End Hunger, in collaboration with ProMedica, hosted a Come to the Table summit in Chicago to continue addressing hunger as a health issue.  The Chicago summit was the first in a series of regional summits that will be held to follow up on the critical conversation launched at our national Come to the Table summit held this past February in Washington, D.C.  Discussion focused around ensuring hunger is a priority for the healthcare industry, and specific topics included: community collaboration, physician engagement, and addressing hunger as an integral part of care plans.  Joining the Alliance and ProMedica in this important discussion were the U.S. Department of Agriculture, industry experts, and Alliance members: AARP Foundation, Share Our Strength, Meals on Wheels Association of America, and Bread for the World.

There are clear associations between food insecurity and poorer health status among children, adults and seniors. The long-term, detrimental effects of poor nutrition on health include negative consequences on physical and mental development, as well as the productivity and economic success of our nation. While the human toll from hunger remains incalculable, one estimate puts related healthcare costs nationwide at a staggering $130.5 billion a year.  For more information about the Chicago summit, future regional summits, or the Come to the Table initiative in general, please visit: http://www.promedica.org/cometothetablesummit.