What Generosity Does for the Food Shelf
The Food Shelf at HCMC is one of the few food shelves in the nation located in a hospital setting. This service provides food bags to patients and their families when they come for their medical appointments. A unique part of their check-in with a provider is the inclusion of a question on food insecurity. If identified, patients have the opportunity to receive a food bag and get connected with additional community resources, including federal assistance programs.
Rates of Food Insecurity at Hennepin Healthcare
- 35% of families with young children
- 18% of pregnant mothers
- 38% of patients seen in the ER