Integrated Health & Nutrition

"If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,' but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?" James 2:15-16

Our Efforts

Catholic Charities believes that access to equitable and affordable health care and nutrition is a basic human right. Catholic Charities agencies provide a wide spectrum of integrated health and nutrition services for individuals and families in need.

A volunteer sets out donated food at a Catholic Charities client-choice food pantry.

Our Approach

Regarding health services, Catholic Charities seeks to treat the whole human person by coordinating the service approach for both primary and behavioral health care. It also gives due attention to the spiritual well-being of the person. In the area of nutrition, Catholic Charities strives not only to feed the hungry for a day, but also to help them build long-term food security. Committed to integrated health and nutrition for all, Catholic Charities agencies:

  1. Provide a diverse array of health services: health and dental clinics, home health services, skilled nursing facilities, pastoral care, counseling, mental health services, addiction recovery, and support groups.

  2. Maintain food banks and pantries; operate specialized food programs to reach children during out of school time, including summer meals, when children are most likely to be food insecure.

  3. Provide health education on such topics as nutrition, disease prevention, and infant and child care.

Approach to Advocacy

Catholic Charities USA urges lawmakers to support adequate funding for federal nutrition programs; policies that increase access to affordable food that is fresh and healthy; and measures to strengthen food programs that support children, seniors and pregnant women. Regarding integrated health, CCUSA promotes programs and policies that seek to treat the whole human person, as well as the coordination of both primary and behavioral healthcare services.

Seniors build community while sharing a meal at a Catholic Charities congregate dining site.

The Impact

Catholic Charities agencies' health and food related services address immediate needs and provide programs and education to support people's physical, spiritual, and mental well-being.

  • 8M Food Services

  • 422K Behavioral Health Services

  • 191K Pregnancy Services