The Cost of Food Insecurity calculator shows the devastating impact of food insecurity and measures the best ways to reduce it. You can explore the data on our website: CostOfFoodInsecurity.comMore directly, a growing body of evidence indicates food insecurity raises the risk for obesity and a host of other chronic conditions, from anemia and asthma to diabetes and oral health problems. That’s why the Health Forward Foundation supports efforts aimed at improving access to quality foods, boosting nutritional education and solidifying the link between food security and improved health. The remarkably creative efforts of diverse individuals across the community, has helped establish Kansas City as a pioneer in developing effective solutions to the interrelated challenges of food insecurity. In addition to our funding of food insecurity projects, we have worked to provide grantees with the leadership training, administrative support and strategic assistance they need to sustain their missions. And we’ve just added one more way we are working to end food insecurity. In partnership with The HSM Group, a division of Newristics, LLC, the Health Care Foundation developed the Cost of Food Insecurity (CFI) calculator to show the devastating impact of food insecurity and measure the best ways to reduce it. You can explore the data on our website: CostOfFoodInsecurity.com Food insecurity affects us all, either directly or indirectly, as you will see from the data in the calculator. This tool calculates the impacts to the community and to individual businesses or organizations through increased health costs, student absenteeism, and lost productive time at work. The results are sobering, especially when remembering each of those data sets represent actual individuals in our communities. We hope you will use this tool to demonstrate the cost your business or community incurs from food insecurity. Only when we bring this issue into the light, will we be able to truly understand and care for our neighbors. As we move into the holiday season where food is at the forefront of our celebrations, we’ll be highlighting the issue of food insecurity. We hope you’ll join us. Here are some ways you can help:
- Share the food insecurity calculator with your network. It demonstrates the cost your business or community incurs from food insecurity.
- Sign the pledge today. Share it with everyone! Ask your friends to take action and sign the pledge.
- Repost the tweets and Facebook posts shared by Health Forward. Use the hashtags #FoodInsecurity and #KC.
- Contact your elected officials to let them know this issue is important to you.
- Support food repurposing and donation programs that help people in need.