Food Insecurity

The Committee on Nutrition and Health recognizes the link between Food Insecurity and Childhood Obesity.  We encourage all pediatricians to screen and refer for food insecurity during patient encounters.  Our goal is to train TPS members to implement food insecurity screening in their practice and assist other health care providers in implementation.

What’s for Dinner: The Role of Pediatricians In Addressing Food Insecurity

Food Insecurity Resources:
Future of Children Report:  Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S: Trends, Causes, and Policy Options
USDA Report:  Household Food Security in the United States, 2015
American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement:  Promoting Food Security for All Children                                         
Aspen Dialogue on U.S. Food Insecurity and Healthcare Costs
Feeding America 2017 Food Insecurity Report

Tools to Implement Food Insecurity Screening in Healthcare Settings:
 Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians
 Children’s Health Watch National Repository of Resources on Information on Screening for Food Insecurity

Additional Social Determinants of Health Screening Tools:
The Survey of Wellbeing of Young Children
We CARE
Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK)

Finding Resources for Food Insecurity Referrals:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
School Meals Programs for Children
Summer Meals Programs for Children
Feeding Texas Local Communities Information

Advocacy Opportunities to Address Food Insecurity:
AAP Federal Advocacy Childhood Nutrition
Texas Hunger Initiative