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Addressing Food Insecurity: Implementing Hunger Vital Signs Screening for Referral to Food Assistance Programs

Project Location/Site: Venice Family Clinic, Venice, CA
Key Outcomes:
Findings from this study show that 49% of Venice Family Clinic patients are food insecure, which is a rate much higher than the national average. This demonstrates a large need for these screenings to continue. Within this group, those who are unhoused or in transitional housing, Hispanic folks, and men are more likely to be food insecure. These groups should especially be considered when referring patients to food assistance programs.This study shows that 60% of participants of food markets hosted by Venice Family Clinic are patients of the clinic. This shows that the referral process is effective at getting food-insecure patients to participate in food assistance programs. These food markets are also a reliable source of food for the majority of returning participants (86.5%). However, many participants do not use another form of food assistance (69.5%), showing that this is a potential source of intervention. With 97.79% of Venice Family Clinic patients meeting the income eligibility requirement, SNAP and CalFresh enrollment could be a highly beneficial form of intervention.