On Feb. 27, 2014, ProMedica and the Alliance are holding Come to the Table, a half-day summit in Washington, D.C., to encourage other healthcare organizations to also address hunger as a health issue and federal legislators to protect food-related programs and policies. We want to make hunger as a health issue a national priority among healthcare providers and those who oversee funding for the means to help end hunger. Those means to prevent Americans from starving include food banks, food pantries, vouchers, subsidized meals, school and summer meal programs, soup kitchens, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called food stamps.
Ken Thorpe, Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, will be speaking at the Summit on hunger's impact on chronic disease. Read Ken's recent article Hunger, Poor Nutrition Lead to Chronic Disease.