The hunger safety net is the network of public and private support (food banks, federal nutrition programs, SNAP-ed, informal food networks) available to address food insecurity and suboptimal dietary intake in low-income communities.
The Hunger Safety Net Working Group is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and leaders committed to raising awareness of and improving nutrition policies and priorities in the hunger safety net through shared research and evaluation. This Working Group is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN).
The mission of the Hunger Safety Net Working Group is to build a network of researchers and leaders from academia, non-profit organizations, government, and other funding agencies to increase the amount and quality of research and evaluation in the area of nutrition and obesity prevention in the hunger safety net setting, and to support and facilitate the development and implementation of evidence-informed policies and practices.
Overall Goal: To inform nutrition policies and practices implemented in the hunger safety net by providing rigorous, policy-relevant research and evaluation.
Download the Hunger Safety Net WG Overview for more information
Download Food Insecurity Screening and Referral Algorithms developed by the Hunger Safety Net Clinical Linkages Subgroup:
Download Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with the Food Research and Action Center.
View monthly meeting minutes here:
Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS
Associate Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital
Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Stephen Cook, MD, MPH, FAAP, FTOS
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Center for Community Health,
Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester
Golisano Children’s Hospital at the URMC