Project FEED

Project FEED: Evaluating an EMR-based Process to Identify Food Insecurity Among Pediatric Emergency Department Patients and Improve Connection to Community Services

The ultimate goal of this study is to develop a sustainable, low-cost model that can be translated to other health care settings.

Co-Principal Investigators

Caitlin Caspi, ScD & Gretchen Cutler, PhD


Anupam Kharbanda, MD, MSc (Children's Hospital)
Diana Cutts, MD (HCMC)
Marissa Hendrickson, MD (University of Minnesota)

Project Manager

Nikki Braaten (Children's Hospital)

Community Partner



CTSI Child Health Collaborative Grant Award


In a partnership between Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota, and Hennepin County Medical Center, this study implements an electronic medical record-based screen for food insecurity in pediatric emergency department patients. In addition, we use an RCT to test a text message-based intervention to improve connection to community resources to increase levels of food security.