The Meals Financial institution Council of Michigan is teaming up with South Michigan Meals Financial institution and Grace Well being to deal with meals insecurity and encourage wholesome life with the launch of the Grace Well being Recent Meals Pharmacy in Battle Creek.
Grace Well being, a federally certified well being middle, serves over 30,000 underserved sufferers in Calhoun County and surrounding areas.
“We’re honored to accomplice with Grace Well being to enhance the well being and well-being of these in want within the Battle Creek group,” stated Peter Vogel, CEO of the South Michigan Meals Financial institution. “We all know that we are able to display nice affect by working collectively.”
Underwritten by the Michigan Well being Endowment Fund, this six-month pilot program “prescribes” home-delivered wholesome meals bins for Grace Well being sufferers each two weeks. As well as, this system affords wholesome life-style teaching, check-ins and assist for cooking and maintaining a healthy diet meals.
Eligible sufferers embrace those that handle a persistent well being situation, resembling diabetes or coronary heart illness, that may enhance with a nutritious diet. In addition they will need to have issue accessing wholesome meals and have the power and curiosity to cook dinner recent meals and attend teaching classes.
“The Grace Well being Recent Meals Pharmacy continues the nice work of our meals banks, in partnership with their group’s well being care organizations, to deal with meals safety as a social determinant of well being,” stated Daybreak Opel, director of analysis and strategic initiatives and basic counsel for the Meals Financial institution Council of Michigan. “Working with our whole community, we search to sustainably implement this meals field prescription mannequin in well being care settings throughout the state.”
Enrollment begins later this month with a recent meals cell distribution kickoff occasion funded by the Customers Power Basis at Grace Well being, 181 W. Emmett St. in Battle Creek, from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday.
The cell meals distribution program is offered to anybody within the larger Battle Creek group in want of meals. These occupied with enrolling can contact Grace Well being at (269) 965-8866 to be related with a program consumption coordinator.