Hunger and Health

Our health and nutrition research focuses on the roles that food, community-based interventions, and food bank-healthcare partnerships have on improving outcomes.

Food insecurity and health are intricately linked.

People living in food insecure homes experience challenges in accessing nutritious foods and face barriers to consistently adopting healthy eating patterns. A poor quality diet that lacks nutritious food has detrimental effects on a person's physical and mental health. To learn more about the intersection of food insecurity and health, access research studies, toolkits, evidence reviews, and various spotlight briefs below.


Research Studies and Reports

Food as Medicine 3.0 (FAM3) Year 1 Report

Food is Medicine Report

Comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Support From Food Banks: A Randomized Controlled Trial (2018)

The Power of Nudges: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice in Food Pantries (2016)

A Pilot Food Bank Intervention Featuring Diabetes-Appropriate Food Improved Glycemic Control Among Clients In Three States (2015)


Toolkits and Evidence Reviews

HIPAA Resource

Food Bank-Health Care Partnerships Toolkit

Key Considerations for Nutrition Education Programs & Interventions for Individuals Experiencing Food Insecurity Evidence Review

Nutrition in Food Banking Toolkit

SNAP application assistance in healthcare settings

An Evidence Review of Food Bank - Health Care Partnerships and Related

"A Closer Look" Spotlights

Spotlight on Child Health and Nutrition

Spotlight on Colorectal Cancer

Spotlight on Diabetes

Spotlight on Epilepsy

Spotlight on Heart Disease (CVD)

Spotlight on Maternal Health

Spotlight on Mental Health


"At First Glance" Spotlights

Spotlight on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Spotlight on the Black Community

Spotlight on Latinos

Spotlight on Native Americans

Spotlight on Older Adults