Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Hunger is just one component of food insecurity. In the United States, food insecurity affects 1 in 9 people.
The San Antonio Food Bank continues to be at the forefront when it comes to food insecurity, pushing the norms and thinking outside the box.
Humana was honored to win the “Hunger Fighter of the Year” award in the category of Money for all their efforts to help the San Antonio Food Bank meet the need of those facing hunger in the San Antonio community.
The award was presented at the San Antonio Food Bank’s annual Harvest of Hope Brunch on Oct. 27, 2019.
Humana has a Bold Goal to improve the communities we serve 20% by 2020 and beyond. To do this, we work with community partners to impact factors like social determinants of health.
Social determinants of health are the complex, integrated, and overlapping social structures and economic systems that are responsible for most health inequities. These social structures and economic systems include the social environment, physical environment, health services, and structural and societal factors in which people live. These factors are beyond what we think of traditional health care, and they can play a major role in an individual’s health risks and outcomes, often acting as a barrier to good health. Key social determinants of health are factors like insufficient transportation, social isolation and food insecurity.
Humana and The Humana Foundation are learning how to effectively address social determinants of health in the communities we serve and for our own health plan members. As part of that work to address social determinants of health, The Humana Foundation partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank in 2018, awarding the organization a Strategic Community Investment to provide local seniors who screen positive for food insecurity with comprehensive services to stabilize their household and address prevalent health issues.
“We really couldn’t be where we are on our Bold Goal journey without the support of community partners like the San Antonio Food Bank,” said Bill White, Texas Medicare President, Humana. “The food bank was the first to step up when we approached the community in 2014, and over the years, we’ve developed a strong relationship that is making an impact in the work we are doing to build a healthier San Antonio.”
“Humana’s investment in our work is changing lives,” said Eric Cooper, President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. “It is rare to find a corporate partner who engages so holistically like Humana has done. We are a better organization thanks to their support. And families are healthier due to our partnership.”
To learn more about Humana’s Bold Goal in San Antonio visit: populationhealth.humana.com.