Senator Sanders Medically Tailored Meals Amendment

The Food Is Medicine Coalition, a volunteer coalition of nonprofit medically tailored meal providers serving people living with illness across the country, is encouraged by Senator Sanders’ introduction and Senator Casey's co-sponsorship of Farm Bill Amendment 3183, providing for pilot project grants “to demonstrate and evaluate the impact of medically tailored meal programs on low-income individuals with 1 or more chronic conditions that may be improved by access to a healthy diet.” Medically-tailored meals have been shown to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs by 16% among individuals with complex health needs. Currently, there is no federal support for this critical service, save for people with HIV. The introduction of this amendment is a huge step in the right direction toward creating real and substantial support for medically tailored meals nationally, which will help our nation achieve better health outcomes and lower cost of healthcare for this vulnerable population.