The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

My son ran into some furniture at daycare and hit his head. I was notified that he was bleeding and that an ambulance was transporting him to the hospital. I was so worried as I rushed to meet them at the hospital. Once he was bandaged and feeling better, I started calculating the hospital bills that I would have to pay out of pocket. I am still fighting a $400 ambulance bill to this day. Again, I am “over income” for medical assistance for my son, but I struggle to pay for medications and co-payments.  

Hunger-Free Hospitals

In June 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reduce funding for WIC in the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.  If passed in the Senate, this budget cut could drop 200,000 – 350,000 mothers and young children from the WIC program.  See an analysis from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.  The U.S. Senate should reject short-term cost saving measures that will hurt our youngest and most vulnerable children.

Current Issue

The Center is currently working with area hospitals to develop a model “hunger-free hospital” that involves food insecurity screenings, benefits enrollment assistance, discounted cafeteria meals, and more.  For more information or to get involved, please contact us!

 

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