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Opinion: In a land of plenty, a food bank and a health insurer team up to take on food insecurity

A South Florida food bank and a health insurer are studying if giving healthy food to people with food insecurity can improve their health and reduce their health care costs.
Thanksgiving staples on display at a food bank.

Thanksgiving is a day of abundant food — except for the 42 million Americans who live each day not knowing where their next meal is coming from. They are the “food insecure.” Not only are they often hungry, but without access to fresh, healthy food, they are also at higher risk for developing a number of chronic conditions.

Peggy, a grandmother with diabetes who helps support her son and two grandsons, started coming to one of the food pantries run by , the organization I work for,

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