Accelerating Partnerships between Food Banks and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations

To address food insecurity, Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) funded a project to identify partnership models between Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) and Food Banks that address food insecurity so that pilots can be designed to inform replication of partnerships in Texas. The project included three elements; 1) an environmental scan of current models and capacity, 2) a MCO – Food Bank partnership model that describes a continuum of approaches, and 3) the design of pilots to determine which models have the greatest potential of feasibility and impact.

This report was undertaken to focus on the nutrition and food insecurity interventions from the perspective of the Medicaid MCOs operating in Texas. The goal is to improve health outcomes by increasing access to nutritious foods through partnerships between Medicaid MCOs and food banks.

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