Food insecurity is a social determinant of health and a driving force of health inequities. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the crisis of food insecurity, disproportionally affecting women and racial and ethnic minorities.
We are partnering with Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Developmental Services, Inc. (C.I.D.S) on an innovative program that addresses food insecurity and maternal health needs.
The innovative program provides home delivery of nutritious food along with virtual cooking classes during the pregnancy and postpartum period. Cooking kits are also provided that include kitchen utensils, pots, pans, oils, and spices.
As part of this collaboration, we are providing technical support to ensure the program meets its goals. This support includes consultation on data and analytics, and a program evaluation report.
Food Bank of the Southern Tier and C.I.D.S are collaborating with Arnot Health and Meals on Wheels of Chemung County, Inc. on the program referred to as “Kitchen Stork” and will serve up to 50 expectant mothers in Chemung County. Community Health Workers from C.I.D.S will provide support to participants throughout the duration of the program.