Health and Nutrition

United Way works for healthier children and families

Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care. Good food is good medicine. 

Our Strategy

Achieving our goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. Working to change policies and practices, such as working to ensure families have access to the proper nutrition they need to grow and thrive, will enable more people to live healthier lives.

Hunger and Health Facts

  • 14.9% of children in Marshall County are food insecure -- their parents do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of quality, affordable nutritious food. (Source: Feeding America: Mind the Meal Gap. https://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2017/child/indiana/county/marshall)
  • Food insecurity means a family may need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods for their children. (Source: https://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2017/child/indiana/county/marshall)
  • Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life. (Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, 2007 Supplement.)
  • Childhood obesity is a serious problem putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health. 18.5% of children between the ages of 2-19 are obese. (Source: Childhood Obesity Facts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html)

SEARCH for help

When you are looking for the information you need to get help in Marshall County, you need to find it right away. By using SEARCH United Way of Marshall County, you’ll easily find the information you’re looking for… when you’re looking for it.

People throughout our community turn to United Way every day for information and support – whether health and nutrition, education, disaster, or financial-related. We have information that connects people of all ages to the necessary health and human services you need. We’re excited to put this information directly into your hands. SEARCH for help HERE. 

If you need our help, we are also always only a phone call away. 574-936-3366. 

Marshall County Food Pantries    Marshall County food pantries work tirelessly to help provide food to families and households. 

    Click HERE for the full resource. Together, we will #EndHunger in our communities.