Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition & No Kid Hungry Food as medicine for pregnant people: A landscape analysis to inform future work


Improving social determinants of health (SDOH) – where we live, work, learn, play, and access food – is key to improving the health of marginalized groups and achieving health equity.1 Nutrition security is the consistent access, availability, and affordability of foods and beverages that promote optimal health and well-being.2 In 2021, 10.2% of all U.S. households and 12.5% of households with children were food insecure,3 characterized by inconsistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.4 Rates of food insecurity are even higher among adults enrolled in Medicaid (a federal health insurance program for people with low income),5 with 20% reporting their household did not have enough to eat in 2020.