Food For Health

Food and Nutrition in Healthcare

Food For Health Provides Nutrition As Intervention

Research demonstrates the impact that access to and education about optimal foods and balanced nutrition has on development, health, and future outcomes. At Umoja, our Food For Health medically-tailored grocery delivery programs are designed for at-home delivery of nutritions, tailored foods, that are carefully crafted to meet the needs of specific populations, ensuring guided access to a wholesome variety of foods.

Developed by registered dietitians, each menu is designed to meet specific dietary standards for whole health. Our client-customized nutrition programs support the prevention and management of chronic conditions, to reduce readmissions and emergency visits, lower healthcare costs, and to fight food insecurity and access barriers. Introduce one of our on-hand programs or work with our team to develop custom options to meet the needs of your community.

Benefits of Medically-Tailored Grocery Programs

Dietitian-developed menus to meet key nutrition profiles

Educational tools to inform and influence healthy habits, lifestyle changes and increase member/patient engagement

Convenient at-home delivery, addressing food access and transportation issues

Reduced cost of care

Reduced ED visits, hospitalizations and readmissions

High quality, fresh and pantry-style foods

Recipes and chef guided videos

Our Menus

Research demonstrates the impact that access to and education about optimal foods and balanced nutrition has on development, health, and future outcomes. At Umoja, our Food For Health medically-tailored grocery delivery programs are carefully crafted to meet the nutritional needs of specific populations, ensuring guided access to a wholesome variety of foods.

Renal / ESRD

Carefully designed to meet the specific needs of patients at various stages of kidney disease, with select foods that reduce the strain on kidney functions.

This menu incorporates:

  • Low Fat
  • Low or No Sodium
  • Heart-healthy Proteins
  • Whole Grains
  • Fruits in Natural Juices
  • Carefully Selected
  • Vegetables & Legumes

Diabetes

Menus supporting the management of diabetes through low or no sodium foods, balanced nutrition to maintain blood sugar levels. Menus designed for diabetes prevention programs are available.

This menu incorporates:

  • Low or No Sodium
  • Healthy Carbohydrates
  • Fiber-rich
  • Lean Proteins
  • Fruits in Natural Juices
  • Vegetables & Legumes
  • Controlled Portions

Heart Health

Designed to provide delicious foods with low or no sodium, lower added sugars and whole grains to support patients with hypertension and chronic heart disease.

This menu incorporates:

  • Low Fat
  • Low or No Sodium
  • Heart-healthy Proteins
  • Whole Grains
  • Fruits in Natural Juices
  • Vegetables & Legumes

Weight Management

Balanced, wholesome menus tailored to help with portion control, and ensure sustained energy and satisfaction throughout the day.

This menu incorporates:

  • Fruits in natural juices
  • Vegetables
  • Calcium-rich Foods
  • Lean proteins
  • Heart-healthy legumes
  • Controlled Portions

Oncology / Cancer Care

Menus designed to provide essential nutrients and maintain a healthy weight to preserve strength.

This menu incorporates:

  • Heart-healthy Legumes
  • High Protein Foods
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Fiber-rich
  • Nutrient-dense Foods
  • Antioxidant-rich

Essentials / SDOH

Balanced combination of foods to ensure daily nutrition intake. Available for children, individuals and families.

This menu incorporates:

  • Heart-healthy Legumes
  • High Protein Foods
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Fiber-rich Foods
  • Nutrient-dense Foods
  • Antioxidant-rich Foods

Food For Health Partners

Umoja Food For Health medically-tailored grocery programs are fully customizable and designed to meet specific dietary needs, spend and cadence to achieve positive outcomes for a wide range of partners:

  • Public insurers: Medicaid programs, Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Private Insurance Providers
  • Providers and Hospital
  • Life Sciences: Biopharmaceutical, Medtech, Clinic Research Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Community Organizations
  • Food Banks and Hunger Relief Organizations working with FAM / SDOH initiatives

How it works

At Umoja, we handle everything for your custom meal kit program from start to finish. Our process makes it easy for your organization to design programs that meet the wide variety of needs in your community and ensure delivery of tailored nutrition on time, every time.

1. Blueprint

  • Needs Assessment
  • Menu Selection
  • Schedule and frequency

2. Procurement

  • Sourcing of components
  • Procurement of materials

3. Enrollment

  • Submit recipient data
  • Encrypted, secure storage
  • Validation

4. Box Building

  • Custom meal kit building
  • Labelling

5. Delivery

  • Ship meal kits through network of logistics partners
  • On-time, at-home delivery

Our Summary

Health providers and public/private insurers are under increasing pressure to improve health outcomes and increase member/patient engagement. Medically-tailored grocery benefits facilitate guided nutrition, provide access to the right balance of healthier foods, and eliminate food access barriers.

Nutrition as an intervention can play an important tool in the overall care plan, cost of care, and outcomes for patients managing chronic disease. Our medically-tailored grocery programs are designed to provide dignity, personalization, and choice, delivering a truly positive member/patient experience. Contact a member of our Food For Health team today.