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Food Insecurity Screening Tools and Resources

Consider utilizing these screening and survey tools to assess patients’ food insecurity issues. Also: Links to several food pantry locators.

USDA, Food Insecurity Surveys5

Multiple surveys are available with a variety of question items and in multiple languages

  • US Household Food Security Survey Module (18 items)
  • US Adult Food Security Survey Module (10 items)
  • Six-Item Short Form of the Food Security Survey Module (6 items)
  • Self-Administered Food Security Survey Module for Youth Ages 12 and Older

Spanish and Chinese Translation of the US Household Food Security Survey Module

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NOPREN: Screening for Food Insecurity Using the Hunger Vital Sign6

2-item food insecurity screening tool and algorithms for food resource referrals
Specific tools available for:

  • Adults
  • Patients Living with Diabetes
  • Pediatric Patients

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Resources

Hunger + Health
& Feeding America
7


Food pantry locator, patient nutrition education resources in multiple languages, and healthy recipes database

Foodpantries.org8


Food pantry locator

Pantrynet.org9


Food pantry locator

Ample Harvest10


Food pantry locator

Harvest Hope11


Food pantry locator

  1. Survey tools. Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Updated 9 September 2020. Accessed 28 November 2020. https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us/survey-tools/
  2. Food insecurity screening algorithm for adults. Nutrition & Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network. Accessed 28 November 2020. https://nopren.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Clinical-Linkages-Adults-FI-Screening-Algorithm-10.9.17.pdf
  3. Resources. Hunger + Health, Feeding America. 2020. Accessed 28 November 2020. https://hungerandhealth.feedingamerica.org/resources/
  4. Find food pantries. Food Pantries. 2020. Accessed 28 November 2020. https://www.foodpantries.org/
  5. Food pantry locator. PantryNet.org. Accessed 28 November 2020. http://pantrynet.org/
  6. Emergency food assistance. AmpleHarvest.org. 2020. Accessed 28 November 2020. https://ampleharvest.org/emergency-food-assistance/
  7. Get help. Harvest Hope Food Bank. 2020. Accessed 28 November 2020. https://www.harvesthope.org/get-help

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