When a household's money is tight, each day can mean a series of spending trade-offs that can have both short- and long-term effects on health and well-being. The YMCA of WNC started working with MANNA Food Bank and Mission Health Partners in 2017 to reduce the negative effect of food insecurity on patient health.
The Nutrition Works pilot is in six Mission clinics in in Buncombe, Haywood, and McDowell counties. By incorporating simple screening questions into patient intake forms, practitioners at Mission Health clinics are able to identify food insecurity onsite and direct patients to healthy nutrition resources.
For instance, the MANNA Food HelpLine is teaching patients how to get more food into their home, and the YMCA's Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen provides free fresh and healthy food, cooking demonstrations, and nutrition lessons at each clinic.
This collaborative approach gives families experiencing food insecurity the resources and knowledge to lead healthy and active lives. The YMCA, Mission Health, and MANNA hope this pilot will set the stage for connecting more clinics and patients across Western North Carolina with healthy food distribution partners.
Food distributions are FREE and open to the public.
To learn more about these programs, please email us or call 828 775 7081.