Primary partnership goals include ensuring access to healthy foods, expanding nutrition programs.
In 2020, 13.8 million households were food insecure at some point. Households of color were disproportionately impacted, with Black non-Hispanic households being twice as likely to be food insecure than the national average (21.7 percent versus 10.5 percent).
A similar problem affected people on Medicaid during the pandemic. And, food insufficiency is ongoing, with the majority (65%) of those on Medicaid reporting not having enough food in March, and again in July.
As a health care company, UnitedHealthcare recognizes that access to food is a primary drive of health outcomes. That’s why we’re honored to join The Alliance to End Hunger in our shared mission to combat food insecurity. Eliminating hunger requires a multitude of partnerships and resources. Through our combined efforts and resources, we will be identifying solutions to expand Food is Medicine programs, increase access to nutritious food, and enhance the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services to ensure those who are eligible are receiving benefits. All of these efforts contribute to improving health equity.
At UnitedHealthcare, we’re dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone. Our goal is to meet consumer health and wellness needs, while sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. Engaging in a partnership with the Alliance to End Hunger strengthens the foundation of UnitedHealthcare’s mission and values.