Do you need food? We are here to help!
The mission of the No Child Hungry project is to help identify and fight food insecurity in Orange County. The following 2-item questionnaire can help identify individuals who are at risk of being food insecure if their response to both these statements are ‘yes’.
1. Within the past 12 months, we worried whether our food would run out before we got money to buy more.
2. Within the past 12 months, the food we bought just didn’t last and we didn’t have the money to get more.
Once a food insecure individual is identified, we can help them by providing the services and resources to have food. The ‘Need Food?’ cards provide a simple and discrete way for individuals and families to find food resources via a text messaging system.
Here is how it works:
1. Using a cellular device, text “Food4u” for information in English, or “Comida” for information in Spanish to 80123
2. You will receive a response which will connect you to the Second Harvest Food Bank Food Assistance Helpline
a. Call or text: (855) 233-3362
b. Or go online to https://www.feedoc.org/get-help/get-food-2/
i. Enter a zip code to find free food near you
ii. The Second Harvest Food Bank can help individuals of all ages to locate free food
NOTE: If you have unsubscribed to text messages by sending “Stop” to 80123, to resubscribe, please send “Start Food4u” or “Start Comida” to 80123.
No Child Hungry: Pediatricians Promoting Food Security
The No Child Hungry project began through a small, 18-month grant from national AAP’s Healthy People 2020 Grant Program to address Healthy People 2020 Objectives NWS12 (Eliminate very low food security among children) and NWS13 (Reduce household food insecurity and in doing so reduce hunger). Our goal is to identify food insecurity, poverty, and health issues experienced by our OC families, and to assist these families in getting the support and services they need.
To do this, we are conducting the following activities:
- Development of a project advisory committee
- Collaboration with the Waste Not OC Coalition to develop a mobile application of their OC Food Pantry Map
- Development and distribution of physician education and resources for use during office visits with potentially at-risk families, including the implementation of a validated 2-item screening tool
- Coordination of CME education for our member pediatricians and local community partners regarding local issues related to food insecurity, poverty, and child health
- Coordination and implementation of 3 town hall meetings in different regions of the county experiencing high rates of poverty and food insecurity.
It is our intention to create a replicable model of this project for use in other communities both within and outside of Orange County.