Food Access & Insecurity
As of 2019, almost ¼ of all children living in Philadelphia (24.2%) experience food insecurity, or lack of consistent access to enough food to live an active, healthy life. This is a 66% increase above the national average (14.6%).
Food insecurity is associated with higher rates of self-reported poor health, diabetes, and hypertension and worse behavioral, emotional, and academic outcomes.
Areas with disproportionately low numbers of healthy, high-produce stores and an overabundance of unhealthy, low-produce stores are concentrated in low-income neighborhoods, primarily affecting non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic Philadelphians.
Ongoing Efforts in the Philadelphia Community
The Food Trust is a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. Headquartered in Philadelphia, The Food Trust works with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers in the city and across the country to develop a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food.
The Mainline Health Food Insecurity Program at Paoli Hospital meets a vital need for patients who are discharged from the hospital but are at risk for readmission and sickness due to limited access to nutritious food. Through this program, at-risk patients who are discharged from the hospital are offered access to community resources, such as food banks and food benefits, as well as community gardens with free produce. Through this program, patients receive follow-up consultation to ensure they have access to healthy food sources.
Efforts listed here may be independent of Accelerate Health Equity. Check back to learn about a broader list of health equity efforts.