More than 48 million Americans experience hunger with over 400,000 of those being Utahns. Most at risk are children and seniors. 1 in 6 children living in Utah face the reality of not being able to obtain enough food to alleviate hunger – a basic human need.
Intermountain Healthcare recognizes that for individuals to live the healthiest lives possible they need to have adequate access to sufficient quantities of nutritious foods. Children and seniors who experience food insecurity have been shown to have more illness and hospitalizations than those that don’t.
Addressing hunger in the long-term will require the help of government, community, and individuals. In this season of giving, Joy Musselman, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital stopped by KUTV to share ways in which you could help in the fight against hunger:
o Giving food – especially canned meat or chili, canned fruit, peanut butter, and boxed meals.
o Giving time – help with the Utah Food Banks’ Kid Café, become a driver for Meals on Wheels, host a virtual food drive, or spend a few hours helping at the local soup kitchen.
o Giving money – make a monetary donation any of the following organizations fighting hunger:
- Utahns Against Hunger
- Utah Food Bank
- Meals on Wheels Utah
- AARP’s Drive to End Hunger
- Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry