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Boston Medical Center uses food pantry to try to improve population health



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The Boston Medical Center uses a food pantry demonstration project to improve local population health through addressing nutrition insecurity.

Hospitals & Health Networks reports: “Their initial work in helping to feed the community led to the establishment in 2001 of what was one of the first hospital-based food pantries in the U.S., serving not just the original target of pregnant women and undernourished children, but anyone who needed to eat. Demand has exploded ever since, and this past summer, the hospital rolled out a significantly larger version.

“With that, they now have expanded storage space to accept more donations and offer more cooking classes. Today, they distribute about 12,000 pounds of food a week, and the expansion helps BMC to meet the logistical challenges of storing and distributing food not for just the original 500 per month it was designed for, but thousands.”

“The pantry provides groceries not only for the patient, but for his or her entire household. And they are careful to meet the individual’s medical needs, such as diabetes or hypertension.”

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