The American Diabetes Association estimates that an individual with diagnosed diabetes incurs average medical expenditures of approximately $13,700 per year, of which roughly $7,900 is attributed to diabetes.
In February 2015, Feeding America San Diego (FASD)
, the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County, launched the Diabetes Wellness Project. Approved by the UC San Diego Institutional Review Board, the project will be run by FASD staff and UC San Diego School of Medicine student volunteers.
“For those struggling to make ends meet, it is difficult to keep food on the table, much less maintain the strict diet necessary to manage diabetes,” said Jennifer Seneor, director of programs at Feeding America San Diego. “Thirty-two percent of the households we serve contain a member with diabetes and 40 percent lack health insurance of any kind. Innovative projects like this will pave the road for a new approach to hunger-relief that goes beyond providing calories to improving the health of our communities.”