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Report: Vulnerable Populations Disproportionately Affected by Food Security, Despite Public Programs
Date:7/24/2014

and increases in chronic disease development. Poor health status can increase health care usage (and thus, potentially increase costs to Medicare and Medicaid) and can further stress an already burdened health care system.

"Food insecurity imposes both direct costs such as food assistance programs and health care, and indirect costs such as worker absenteeism, on society. Thus, food insecurity impacts not only those who are at-risk, but the nation as a whole," Beaulieu said. "Hunger impacts productivity, public education and health care costs."

The report also includes potential strategies to reduce and prevent food insecurity, including maintaining and strengthening federal food and nutrition assistance programs, improving economic security through lower-middle income employment, and improving the affordability of housing and health insurance.

Throughout the next year and a half, RTI will support the bipartisan National Commission on Hunger in their deliberations that, ultimately, will lead to policy/program recommendations and innovative strategies that will reduce or prevent hunger and food insecurity.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12046533.htm.


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