McKinsey November 24, 2021
Tamara Baer, Matthew Isaacs, Alex Mandel, and Pradeep Prabhala

Taking a data-based approach to food security, tailoring nutritional offerings, and building out partner networks can help payers realize the potential of food-support programs.

Combating food insecurity is a social and economic challenge. That much became clear during the past year, when the COVID-19 pandemic skyrocketed the number of people experiencing food insecurity in the United States. Feeding America estimates that 45 million Americans (one in seven) may have experienced food insecurity in 2020,1 a nearly 30 percent increase from 2019 despite the expansion of social support programs during the pandemic.

Food insecurity is also a medical issue—one with serious implications for people with diseases and medical conditions affected by diet. While access to high-quality nutrition boosts health and well-being, poor nutrition...

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