December 10, 2021

Unite Us and Bento Team Up to Tackle Food Insecurities

Unite Us, the enterprise technology company providing the digital infrastructure powering the integrated health and social care ecosystem, has partnered with Bento, a Venice, CA-based service that addresses food insecurity through a proprietary patient engagement platform. This platform connects individuals and families with nutritiously curated, prepaid meals from restaurants and grocery stores via text messages. The companies are joining forces when the pandemic has led to a drastic increase in the rate of food insecurity in our country.

“This partnership with Unite Us is exciting because together, we’ll be able to more effectively identify those at risk of food insecurity and get out ahead of this issue on a larger scale in the United States,” said Adam Dole, COO of Bento. “We believe that addressing someone’s most basic human need for nutritious food in a convenient and dignified way is the first step towards improving people’s quality of life and driving better healthcare outcomes.”

By integrating Bento’s platform and services with Unite Us’ coordinated care network, the organizations will collaborate to serve and increase nutritious and convenient food options for thousands of people in disparate communities across the country. Service providers who use the Unite Us network to coordinate with community-based organizations in underserved regions securely will be able to electronically refer to Bento to help their clients access healthy, nutritious meals for themselves and their families from local restaurants stigma-free, just like any other customer.

“Our partnership with Bento will augment our end-to-end solution with an option for vulnerable populations to receive equitable access to food in their communities. The intuitive Bento technology, combined with the power of the national Unite Us network, will make it easier for everyone to get access to the help they need in the most efficient way possible,” said Esther Farkas, Chief Strategy Officer of Unite Us.

Bento is currently available in ten metropolitan areas with plans to expand alongside the Unite Us networks to better serve broader communities.




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