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6.9.22
/ Policy

God’s Love We Deliver Participates in “Listening Sessions” to Recommend Key Policy Opportunities for the 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

The God’s Love We Deliver medically tailored, home-delivered meal program is a low cost, high impact intervention, grounded in the community, that improves health and saves critical healthcare dollars by keeping people in their homes (where they are happiest!) while they are living with illness, rather than in more expensive hospitals or nursing homes.

With the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health taking place this coming September, God’s Love We Deliver has been proud to participate, along with our Food is Medicine Coalition colleagues, in the northeast regional “Listening Sessions” on Tuesday, held to solicit input on challenges, opportunities and recommendations from nutrition and healthcare leaders in NE states.

Karen Pearl, President & CEO; Alissa Wassung, Sr. Director of Policy & Planning; Dorella Walters, Sr. Director of External Program Affairs; Allyson Schiff, Business Development Associate; and Kelly Naranjo, Manager of Research and Evaluation attended, with research and data that prove that medically tailored meals work, and client testimonials, which underscore how critical our love-driven medically tailored meal program is to our clients’ health and overall well-being.

Our team championed the Food is Medicine Coalition’s recommendation to modernize Medicare and Medicaid to make medically tailored meals a fully reimbursable benefit for people across the country living with severe and chronic illness.

In addition to the above, our other key policy opportunities for the White House Conference are to: fully fund and implement large-scale MTM pilots in Medicare and Medicaid programs; expand research on MTMs; promote universal screening for food insecurity and malnutrition; increase nutrition education among healthcare providers; further build medical coding of food insecurity, malnutrition, and their treatments, and modernize healthcare regulation.

At God’s Love, we support these Food is Medicine Coalition priorities and believe federal and New York State policy should reflect them. Millions of Americans struggle with hunger and diet-related diseases that take the greatest toll on underserved populations. Medically tailored meals are a direct response to health inequity, food insecurity, and nutrition insecurity.

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