Health & Wellness

10.5 percent (13.8 million) of U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2020.

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Claret Center has helped countless people to heal the body and explore deeper meaning in everyday life.

– Staff at the Claret Center

Access to healthcare and healthy food is a fundamental component of quality of life.

Coming from a low-income household is not the only indicator of food insecurity. Food deserts – areas that do not have grocery stores that stock affordable and healthy food items – are relatively common in low-income neighborhoods where many residents do not have a means of transportation to a store carrying these essential nutrients.

In addition, the rising costs of healthcare and insurance have made access to necessary medical care impossible for countless people. This affects everything, from nutritional levels to performance at work and school.

Poor nutrition decreases a student’s ability to succeed in the classroom, further widening the education achievement gap. Food insecurity makes it more difficult for children to concentrate in school, causing them to have lower math and reading scores and making them more likely to have to repeat a grade.

The United States government has several programs, including the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), but these benefits are not always available and may not adequately address the needs of qualifying families.

Children with access to adequate nutrition are more likely to finish high school and less likely to experience obesity, stunted growth, or heart disease as adults. Moreover, they have higher scores on standardized tests, are more likely to go on to college, and statistically have higher earnings as adults.

St. Jude League Community Development supports Claretian-led programs that offer food pantries and medical services. Our commitment to healthcare is not as a provider, but as a conduit of resources to inform and guide people to better health and wellness for themselves and their families.