Newsmakers Making A Difference: Dr. Barbara Bayldon, Lurie Children's Pediatrics Uptown & Uptown Clinic Food Pantry

Steve Miller
August 07, 2018 - 6:58 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It was only about a month ago when Lurie Children's Pediatrics Uptown started giving out bags of food to some families.

"As you can see, inside each bag, there is healthy cereal. There is a grain. There are fruits - canned. This is all non-perishable stuff," said Dr. Barbara Bayldon, medical director of the clinic in Uptown.

Food pantries are nothing new, but this one is different - it is in a pediatric outpatient clinic and the food is given out to people who have been identified as "food insecure."

"Food insecurity, it does not mean you don't have any food, but that you do not have food that you are secure will last you through the month.  Or until the next time you get a paycheck," she said.

And the food pantry will have a research component, looking at whether families are actually being helped and whether they are moving away from "food insecurity."

"A lot of people who don't know about this topic think, oh, they can't possibly be food insecure because the children are obese, and that must mean they're getting too much food. But it's that they're getting the wrong types of food, and it turns out that those less nutritious, calorie-dense foods are actually cheaper than the healthy foods," Dr. Bayldon said.

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Lurie Children's Pediatrics Uptown and the Uptown Clinic Food Pantry, another Newsmaker making a difference.

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