We are an association of medically tailored food and nutrition service providers.


Our Purpose

To advance public policy that supports access to food and nutrition services for people with severe and/or chronic illnesses

To promote research on the efficacy of food and nutrition services on health outcomes and cost of care

To share best practices in the provision of medically tailored meals and of nutrition education and counseling.


“Public policy based on an understanding that Food is Medicine will be a win for healthcare and for the well-being of those who are sick, poor and malnourished..”

— Karen pearl, Founder


Our Purpose

Food is Medicine - Nutrition is integral to people flourishing and to the treatment and management of diseases that threaten us. As a provider community, we believe that one should not have to face the dual crises of illness and hunger. We also know that without access to nourishment that meets the needs of the particular person, taking into account their illness, allergies, medications and personal needs, we will fail in our project to create health in our society. By making medically tailored nutrition and food central to our healthcare system we will produce better health outcomes, lower the cost of care and improve patient satisfaction. 

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What are Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)?

Food and nutrition services include medical nutritional therapy (MNT) and the tailored food that accompanies it.

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) covers nutritional diagnostic, therapy, and counseling services focused on prevention, delay or management of diseases and conditions, and involves an in-depth assessment, periodic reassessment and intervention provided by a licensed, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) outside of a primary care visit.

Medically tailored food encompass prescribed home-delivered meals, congregate meals, grocery bags and food pantries that complement and are necessary to the fulfillment of MNT.


Our Research


more likely to be discharged to their homes rather than another facility


average monthly health care costs for patients battling life-threatening illness who received medically tailored meals and medical nutrition therapy (MNT)


fewer hospital admissions