The health risks associated with food insecurity translate directly to higher health care costs for your company and the United States. A 2017 study by the National Institutes of Health, revealed a $77.5 billion increase in health care expenditures for people diagnosed with food insecurity. The average cost difference per person between food insecure and food secure individuals was estimated to be $1,863 per year and even greater for patients with diabetes ($4,413) and heart disease ($5,144). The unprecedented impact of COVID 19 upon our national workforce will exponentially increase these numbers nationwide.
How will your company be prepared to mitigate this rapidly evolving circumstance for your employees, patients, volunteers, or students?
We all become stakeholders toward a solution in a crisis, and The Food Dignity® Project offers a road map to secure food access needed through this turbulent time and into the future.
Without an equity-minded approach address the social, economic, and environmental ramifications of people with food insecurity, we will continue to perpetuate poor health outcomes. And rising food insecure populations coupled with chronic disease and rising health care costs associated with it, will only serve to compound this issue further, subsequently devastating companies and organizations.
Employment, while a priority in a person’s life, does not prevent someone from experiencing food insecurity as it may be invisible to many organizations, yet it attacks your bottom line. Your employees with poor food access have nearly twice as many unhealthy days each month as people who have access to a steady supply of nourishing food.