Nutrition security in southern Illinois

Promoting growth through healthy eating

Through the partnership with the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), SIU Medicine will screen families who are food insecure. SIU Medicine hopes to improve food insecurity screening and family connections to food resources in the state of Illinois. Participants will work with their pediatrician, state food delivery services and other family support partners in the state.

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How we can help

  • Help overcome the stigma of food insecurity
  • Tailor care for patient needs
  • Work closely with the vulnerable populations
  • Help reduce the prevalence of food insecurity and its effects on the community
  • Potentially reduce health care costs by reducing preventable emergency department and provider visits
  • Provide formal training and presentations to residents and physicians
  • Work with all clinics and social workers to train and teach staff
  • Screen families using hunger vital signs

Food pantry

The University of Illinois Extension office and SIU Pediatrics are working together to open a pediatric food pantry. Check back for more information on an opening date and how families in need can access this resource.

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Food is medicine

Our providers believe that food is medicine. Nutrition is an integral part of helping people of all ages flourish and prevent diseases that threaten all of us.

Food is medicine is the belief that one should not have to face a dual crisis of illness and hunger. Without proper access to the needs of each person and taking into account their illness, allergies, medications and personal needs, providers will fail to create health in our community. By making nutrition a central part of health care doctors will be able to provide better health outcomes, lower the cost of care and improve patient satisfaction.

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Childhood Nutrition Security Project Partners

Government Agency

Chicago Department of Public Health
Chicago Public Schools
Cook County Health
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois State Board of Education
Southern 7 Health Department
SNAP Education, University of Illinois Extension
Tazewell County Health Department

Public Health

Illinois Public Health Association
Illinois Public Health Institute

Home Visiting / Daycare

Start Early
Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

Healthcare System

Healthcare System
ACCESS Community Health Network
American Heart Association
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Erie Family Health Centers
Esperanza Health Centers
Heartland Health Services
Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois
PCC Community Wellness Center
Proviso Partners for Health: Veggie Rx
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
UIC Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnership

Local Food Initiative

Chicago Food Policy Action Counsel
Experimental Station
Illinois 4-H Food Security Communities
Peoria Grown

Food Bank / Pantry

Beyond Hunger
Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of Chicago Feeding Illinois
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Midwest Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank


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