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Priority Area: Supportive Services



Supportive Services

Investing in local services that meet basic needs and build community capacity.

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Funded Programs that support children being raised in safe and nurturing homes, youth choosing healthy behaviors and adults having access to quality health care.


The nutrition of all children and seniors in York County is improved through healthy food and improved eating habits.

Promote improved childhood nutrition for health, learning, and school success:
Children with access to healthy nutritious foods perform better on tests, are more focused in class, behave better, are absent less, and have higher self-esteem. Their overall cognitive performance is improved as demonstrated through their levels of alertness, attention, memory and problem-solving skills.

Many children are consuming diets high in calories but low in nutrients, which can leave them overweight and undernourished. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high, making early intervention on adopting healthy patterns of nutrition and physical activity behaviors a priority.

Promote improved nutrition for seniors to maintain health and independence:
Seniors with access to healthy nutritious foods are more likely to live longer, healthier lives.

Food insecure seniors have lower nutrient intakes and are more likely to suffer from a wide array of health outcomes.

Access to food for seniors can be difficult due to a lack of transportation, income limitation, functional or cognitive limitation, or health problems.

Develop an advocacy strategy focused on hunger prevention:
Provide clear and informed messages to key stakeholders and community members to support the efforts around hunger prevention to generate positive outcomes for individuals, families, and the community as a whole.

United Way Worldwide Focus on HEALTH and National Goal

Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.

Since 2008, United Way Worldwide has been working to achieve a bold, 10-year goal: to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors by 2018. Achieving this goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. Working to change policies and practices, such as extending health care coverage, will enable more people to live healthier lives.

Health Facts across America

  • More than 33% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s 25 million kids and teenagers.
  • Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.1
  • The number of Americans without health insurance has increased steadily since the beginning of the century, now totaling about 47 million. More than 80% are working families.2
  • 8.7 million children live without health insurance – more than the total number enrolled in the first and second grades in U.S. public schools.3

1Institute of Medicine. From Neurons to Neighborhood: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington DC: National Academies Press, 2000.)
2Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, 2007 Supplement.
3Compiled by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), University of Minnesota School of Public Health, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey 2007.