NEW HILLARY, N.H. — A new study finds that some people are better off with some food in their pantries, and a few people need more help.
The study, which was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at food banks in the United States between 2000 and 2012.
It found that those who had to wait at least 30 days before they could receive help had an increased risk of needing to return to the emergency room.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 200,000 households across the country, looking at people who needed help for up to 120 days, or those who needed more than three days of assistance in a row.
The study looked at all households, including those that were receiving food assistance through Medicaid or SNAP.
For the study, researchers analyzed food bank data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tracks emergency department visits from people who are homeless.
In their analysis, the researchers looked at whether people who were at risk of going to the ER had an elevated risk of getting food bank services or whether they had the highest risk of not having access to food.
The researchers found that people who had an emergency room visit had a lower rate of food bank assistance.
In other words, people who got a ER visit for food-related emergencies were less likely to receive food bank food.
This finding is particularly important because it highlights how food banks can help people with financial hardship, the study found.
More people need to use food banks to receive emergency aid, the report said.
And people with emergency room visits who did not have access to a food bank are more likely to end up in emergency departments.
In addition, people with chronic health conditions, like diabetes and hypertension, were less willing to use emergency food banks.
The researchers say that might be because they can be more worried about receiving care for their conditions.
The researchers said the findings are important for food banks because it means that they have to work harder to ensure that people are receiving assistance.