Many Americans have to make this choice everyday. Most of those who are medically uninsured and underinsured are also those who are living in poverty. When you don’t have enough money to pay for health insurance, what do you pay for first? A doctor’s visit? Or food for dinner?
A nonprofit organization called Share our Strength helps with the fight against childhood hunger. According to their studies, about 50.1 million Americans struggle to put food on the table on a regular basis. This fact also affects Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) because when children are hungry, it increases their chances of becoming sick. And, without regular meals, recovery from illness is much slower.
Children who don’t have regular meals are more likely to have headaches, stomachaches, ear infections, colds, and fatigue.
Hunger and health work hand in hand. So, what would you do if you had to choose between the two? You can help make the decision easier by supporting your local FQHC. HealthNet‘s network of FQHCs provides wrap-around care for the medically uninsured and underinsured. Providing affordable health care and support services for those who have to make a decision between feeding their children or taking them to the doctor is key, not only to improving the health of our community, but also the economy.
You can help HealthNet continue to provide affordable services and give an Indianapolis family the peace of mind about affording food AND health care. Raising awareness or a small gift can go a long way for a family living in poverty. Learn more about HealthNet or give directly by clicking here.