The Food is Medicine Coalition is an association of nonprofit, medically tailored food and nutrition services (FNS) providers from across the country.
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.
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.
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.
• A commitment to clients and their needs first
• A commitment to increasing access to life-saving food for people struggling with severe and/or chronic illness
• A commitment to sustainable healthcare practices that include the whole person and address the structural drivers of healthcare disparities and costs
• A commitment to innovation and excellence by remaining at the cutting edge of nutrition science and medical advances
• A commitment to doing good for the whole, bolstered by our belief that access to life-sustaining foods when a person is most vulnerable is a measure of the good in our society