Hospital launches food pantry to combat patients’ food insecurity

By Kent Hamaker posted 05-31-2019 08:50

UNC REX partners with Food Lion and food bank to provide healthy groceries

Inspired by similar programs at hospitals from around the country, UNC REX in Raleigh, N.C., opened the UNC REX Healthcare Food Pantry Nourished by Food Lion Feeds in November. “We realized that there's some patients that may have to choose between medication and food, and we just want to make sure that our patients weren't faced with those decisions,” says Tara Freeman, manager, UNC REX Food Panty. “By opening a food pantry, we could care for our patients once they leave the hospital.”

According to a recent report by the American Hospital Association, children who have limited or uncertain access to adequate food have an increased risk for developmental issues. Meanwhile adults who experience food insecurity are more at risk for chronic diseases, leading to more hospital readmissions and medical treatments.

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