Food insecurity: Limitations of emergency food resources for our patients

Francesca Gany, Sehrish Bari, Michael Crist, Alyssa Moran, Natasha Rastogi, Jennifer Leng

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Rates of food insecurity are high among medically underserved patients. We analyzed food pantry responsiveness to the needs of medically ill cancer patients in New York City with the intent ofidentifying barriers to available food resources. Our data, collected from 60 pantries, suggest that the emergency food system is currently unable to accommodate patient needs. Accessibility issues include restricted service hours and documentation requirements. Food services were limited in quantity of food provided and the number of nutritious, palatable options. Additional emergency food resources and long-term approaches that provide ongoing food support to patients throughout their treatment period are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-558
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer patients
  • Emergency food system
  • Food pantry
  • Food security
  • Immigrants
  • Medically ill
  • New york

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Urban Studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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