A pregnant woman diagnosed with gestational diabetes was given the phone number to the National Hunger Hotline via text4baby, a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. Gestational diabetes not only affects the health of the mother but the health of the child; an increase in blood sugar can lead to unhealthy birth weights, high blood pressure, or even miscarriage.
The woman spent the last few months carefully watching her diet and eating as healthfully as she could. After exhausting her WIC and SNAP benefits, she is unable to provide herself with the same level of nutrition and care. For the past week and a half, she has restricted herself to eating cheaply and often unhealthful foods including fast food items.
The advocate was able to provide the woman with a list of local food pantries to assist her. The advocate also shared the phone number to a local food bank where they host Nutrition Education classes that may help the mother find alternative ways to eat healthy using pantry and commodity foods. The advocate assisted the woman in locating a Catholic Charities and a St. Vincent de Paul Society, which work to provide not only food assistance, but also financial assistance.
The National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3 HUNGRY and 1-877-8 HAMBRE (1-866-348-6479 and 1-877-842-6273) refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance. Help is available on Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm EST. Hablamos espa¤ol.
The National Hunger Hotline is a service of the National Hunger Clearinghouse, funded in part by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and managed by WhyHunger. For more information visit www.whyhunger.org/findfood.
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