The Center for Food Equity in Medicine advocates and provides:
resources for health care systems to identify patients who may be experiencing food insecurity.
resources for health care systems to create, maintain and share databases of community-based nutritional support programs.
ways healthcare systems can create sustainable on-site, open-access nutritional programs.
partnerships for academic institutions to research food insecurity.
policy development opportunities at the local, state and national level.
learning opportunities through internships and academic support.
How can we afford this?
It all started with these five words.
It was 2017 and Ann Jackson was in Chicago’s Cancer Center receiving chemotherapy when she overheard the patient next to her ask her husband how they were going to navigate the cost of care. It wasn’t until after her appointment that Ann realized they were talking about lunch — the patient and her husband were at the hospital for a daylong infusion and weren’t sure they could afford to feed themselves during the appointment.
This service is for immunocompromised individuals and their loved ones who need to limit their exposure to the community. Groceries are hand selected for each particular family, packaged and brought to the family’s doorstep, always following social distancing and contactless delivery recommendations.
Pop-up: In this Farmer’s Market style environment, individuals and families select their own perishable and non-perishable foods. Food selection includes everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, spices and meats to basic household essentials.
Replication: We assist organizations with the creation of scalable, sustainable open-access nutrition stations in places where services are directly provided to cancer patients. We provide logistical and program development support based on your organization's goals, available space and anticipated need.
For cancer patients and their loved ones experiencing food insecurity, the holidays can add additional stress as they attempt to meet their nutritional needs while also celebrating with traditional, sometimes inaccessible foods. We are committed to closing that gap and reducing this particular potential holiday stressor by providing families with a “ready to cook” holiday meal and groceries to last 7 to 10 days. We also add gifts for each member of the family to help make the season magical for all.
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