How Pediatricians Can Help Fight Hunger

Dr. Sampson Davis knows about hunger. He grew up with a single mom and five siblings; his mom depended on public assistance to put food on the table. Davis, who is speaking at the Children’s Hunger Alliance’s 23rd Annual Menu of Hope luncheon in February, says pediatricians can play an important role in childrens’ lives when it comes to food insecurity.

“Figure out a way to lend a hand. Step outside the hospital or office walls and get to know the community,” he said. “People don’t want to be pitied but most people want you to point them in the right direction.

Menu of Hope was created with the goal of raising funds to provide healthy meals and nutrition and physical education to Ohio’s at-risk children who do not have consistent access to the nutrition they need. More than 575,000 Ohio children – or more than 1 in 5 – live in a household where they will experience hunger or inadequate access to healthy food. The health effects of food insecurity in children can vary from developmental delays to behavioral issues to an increased risk of obesity due to eating highly processed, calorie dense foods. The luncheon will take place in Columbus on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Click here for more information on the event!

The Ohio AAP has a number of resources available for pediatricians to share with their patients. You may find them by clicking here.

You can read more of the Ohio AAP’s interview with Dr. Davis in the Winter edition of Ohio Pediatrics magazine, due out in February.

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