Feeding the Gulf Coast

A grant for $20,000 was awarded to Feeding the Gulf Coast for their Boxing Out Hunger program.  This program distributes prescription food boxes to needy clients at low-income health clinics in Mobile County.  Each box is tailored for a specific health condition such as diabetes or hypertension as well as food insecurity.  Through this program, healthcare providers have become more aware of the impact of hunger on patients.  During routine appointments, healthcare providers incorporate a food insecurity screening.  Patients are then sent to the onsite pantry before leaving the doctor’s office to receive their box of food.  Diabetes and heart disease are the 3rd and 4th highest diagnosed diseases in Mobile County.

Both the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association have identified healthy eating as a key aspect to preventing or controlling these diseases. Food insecure individuals lack access to these types of healthy foods. By addressing food insecurity through a screening process, this program aims to increase access to the foods needed to help control chronic health problems for these patients.