: Pennsylvania HealthChoices
Increase your awareness of food insecurity with these insights
(Plus, community resources you can share)
Often when we think of people going hungry, we don’t realize that it can happen in our community, to our neighbors, and even to us. Millions of people have a tough time paying for food, and this is known as food insecurity.
Key information about food insecurity
As a provider, it is important to proactively ask about this information and to be aware of potential mental health challenges caused by food insecurity. Going without food can certainly cause stress and anxiety for a member, and they should be encouraged to reach out for extra support to improve their care management and overall wellness.
Together with our county partners, Magellan shares available resources at the county, state, and federal levels that may help in your conversations with members.
On the Magellan of Pennsylvania website, you have access to over 375 community resources that include many local food pantries. When contacting a food pantry, be sure to call to confirm their hours of operation and to learn of any special considerations for drop off/pick up.
National resources include:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), www.fns.usda.gov/snap
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, www.fns.usda.gov/wic
- National School Lunch Program, www.fns.usda.gov/nslp
- Summer Food Service Program, www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp
- Meals on Wheels, www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org
- USDA National Hunger Hotline, 1-866-348-6479
- Call the 211 United Way Resource Line or visit www.211.org