Research shows children living in food insecure households are in poorer health, hospitalized more frequently, have more developmental delays and significant behavior problems, and often do not reach their academic potential.
While 1 in 5 children in Vermont live in food insecure households, 90% of Vermont children are covered by health insurance and have access to medical care. Therefore, health professionals are in a unique position to intervene and help children get the nutrition they need. Hunger Free Vermont offers resources to teach health professionals about how to recognize hunger, talk about the issue with their patients and their parents, and help connect families with nutrition resources.
Food and Nutrition Screening Algorithm:
- Health, Educational, and Service Providers
- Primary Care Providers- Pediatric
- Primary Care Providers - Senior