Connecting families at risk for food insecurity with nutrition assistance through a clinical-community direct referral model
J Nutr Educ Behav
Objective: To assess the feasibility of a clinical-community direct referral model to enroll eligible households in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Methods: Pediatric clinics screening for food insecurity (n = 27) invited families experiencing food insecurity to participate in a direct referral to a local organization that assists with SNAP applications. A food stamp specialist telephoned participants to determine SNAP eligibility, assist with the application, and/or provide other supports. Referrals, eligibility determination, enrollment, and estimated benefits were tracked. Results: A total of 486 families were referred to the community partner; 72% (n = 351) were successfully contacted by a food stamp specialist, with 17% (n = 83) applying for SNAP benefits. Another 16% (n = 79) were already enrolled in SNAP but received an additional service. Conclusions and implications: This referral model was feasible and increased the number of families who received nutrition assistance. This approach could be adapted for other health-related social needs.
Carpenter A, Kuchera AM, Krall JS. Connecting families at risk for food insecurity with nutrition assistance through a clinical-community direct referral model. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2022;54(2):181-185. doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2021.09.014 PMID: 35148872