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.
  • 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:
  • 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.

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. 


Hoosier Healthwise is a health care program for children up to age 19 and pregnant women. The program covers medical care such as doctor visits, prescription medicine, mental health care, dental care, hospitalizations, and surgeries at little or no cost to the member or the member's family.

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) falls under the Hoosier Healthwise program. CHIP is for children up to age 19 whose families have slightly higher incomes. In CHIP, members are required to pay a low monthly premium for coverage as well as copays for certain services.


Covered Services

There are two benefit packages within Hoosier Healthwise:

  • Package A - This is a full-service plan for children and pregnant women. Members do not have any cost sharing obligations.

  • Package C - This is a full-service plan for children enrolled in CHIP. There is a small monthly premium payment and co-pay for some services based on family income.

For a general description of the benefits and services under these benefit packages, refer to the Indiana Medicaid Covered Services page. Individual health plans may offer additional services.


Member Information

  • For eligibility information, including income requirements, for Hoosier Healthwise-Package A, refer to the eligibility guide.

  • For eligibility information, including income requirements, as well as premium and copay information for Package C, refer to the premium payments page.

  • If you are a pregnant woman, you may be able to receive medical care while you wait for your application to be processed. Please refer to Presumptive Eligibility for more info.

  • You can find information about the program within the Hoosier Healthwise brochure.

  • When you enroll with Hoosier Healthwise, you must select a health plan. You may choose among the following:

    • Anthem

    • CareSource

    • Managed Health Services

    • MDwise

  • You can visit the Working With Your Health Plan page to select the best health plan for you. You can also find a summary of the Hoosier Healthwise health plans.

  • Once you have selected a health plan, you will be asked a series of questions about your health care. These questions will allow the health plan to understand your needs so that they may provide you with all the services you need. If you have extra needs, the health plan will ask you specific questions to better understand your healthcare treatment.

  • If you have questions about your benefits or your coverage, you should contact your health plan or the Indiana Medicaid enrollment broker, Maximus. You can find the phone numbers on the contact us webpage.

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps)

In the United States, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly yet still commonly known as the Food Stamp Program, is a federal program that provides food-purchasing assistance for low- and no-income people. SNAP currently provides 1 in 7 Americans with help making ends meet and putting food on the table. 

Find out if you are eligible for SNAP and learn how to access your SNAP benefits. You may apply for SNAP online here.  

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) 

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Find out if you are eligible for WIC assistance. If you prefer to contact the state office to find the clinic nearest you, please call toll-free 1-800-522-0874, or email When you call your local clinic, the staff will be able to answer your questions and get you started with a certification appointment. You may apply for WIC online here.  

The United Way of Marshall County partners with FamilyWize to provide access to affordable prescription medications in order to ensure greater health and financial stability to community members.

The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card:

  • Is free for everyone – it’s like a coupon that you can use as often as you want.
  • Reduces cost – just show the card every time to get the lowest prices, whether it be FamilyWize, insurance or retail price.
  • Is easy to use with no registration or eligibility requirements.
  • Covers FDA approved prescription medications.
  • Saves an average of 45% on prescriptions.
  • Accepted at major chain pharmacies nationwide

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How do I get a card?

  • Contact United Way at: 936-3366
  • Download and print a card
  • Text "family" to 700700 to receive a card on your phone (Message and data rates may apply. FamilyWize Terms and Privacy)
  • Download the FamilyWize app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.                                              

Drug Price LookUp Tool:

  • You are able to see the FamilyWize price of your prescription(s) by either going to or by downloading the free FamilyWize app. Simply enter your drug name, dosage and zip code to find the lowest price within a 10 mile radius.


FamilyWize negotiates fair drug prices directly with major pharmacies like CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens. We pass the savings onto our members, free of charge.

To start saving with FamilyWize, a member just needs to show the savings card to their local pharmacist whenever they fill a prescription at a participating pharmacy. The discount will be automatically applied to the retail price of the drug.

Members can use their card as often as they want. Cards do not expire. Cards may also be used for family members’ prescriptions and shared with friends.

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. 

Text BEACON to 741741

You can text BEACON to 741741 and be connected with a live, trained Crisis Counselor, who will be there to help you move from a hot moment to a cool calm. The Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, confidential text-messaging support line for people in crisis. 

About Crisis Text Line: Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7
support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text.

Took Kit and Downloads 

Based on the Marshall County Community Health Needs Assessment 2019, mental health is a health priority in our  area. This is a tool we want our community member(s) to have and use in situation of crisis.


Fall Pandemic EBT Benefits

Division of Family Resources has taken measures to help Hoosiers feed their families during the coronavirus pandemic. Round II P-EBT issuance for the 2020-2021 school year has new eligibility conditions for student participation. DFR contacted all Indiana schools requesting a roster of all eligible students. School participation was voluntary for round II P-EBT issuance.

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What is P-EBT/ Who is eligible for P-EBT?

P-EBT was authorized by the Families First Corona Virus Response Act. The purpose of P-EBT is to provide food assistance to families with children who would have received free or reduced lunch while attending school but are not in school due to COVID-19 restrictions. This benefit is available only to families with children enrolled in an Indiana school, and were eligible for free or reduced lunch or the school is a Community Eligibility Provision participant. The student must have participated in virtual learning, was in quarantine, or was out of school due to illness for at least 5 consecutive school days, or schools had a delayed start or school closure due to COVID-19 of 5 consecutive days or more.

Round II P-EBT issuance for the 2020-2021 school year has new eligibility conditions for student participation. Division of Family Resources contacted all Indiana schools requesting a roster of all eligible students. School participation was voluntary for round II P-EBT issuance. The second issuance of P-EBT will be issued to individuals who meet the following conditions:

  • Eligible for free/reduced lunch in August/September 2020 AND;
  • Virtual learning for 5 consecutive days or more OR;
  • Absent due to quarantine for 5 consecutive days or more OR;
  • Absent due to illness for 5 consecutive days or more OR;
  • Delayed start or school closure due to COVID-19 of 5 consecutive days or more AND;
  • Verification of eligible days was submitted to FSSA Division of Family Resources by the school attended.

Learn more, see frequent FAQs, check your school participation and more, here.